Paying attention to Jesus

Posted in Holy Land 2011
May 25th, 2011

By Jared and Elizabeth Stoltzfus

Greetings from Nazareth. We had another wonderful day here in the Holy Land.

We began our day with a trip down the hill to Christ Episcopal Church. We had a very gracious priest who tried to make us feel a little more at home by adding English to an otherwise Arabic service. Following the service we enjoyed a time of fellowship with the members there. One thing that we were all happy about was the awesome selections of sweets to go along with our Arabic coffee. From the church, we walked to downtown Nazareth for lunch.

After lunch, we boarded the bus and headed towards Mt. Tabor, the Mt of Transfiguration. We got off the bus about half way up the mountain and boarded taxis that were better able to handle the narrow switch-back roads. After the quick, and sometimes scary, drive to the top we entered the grounds of  the Franciscan monastery that houses the church of the Transfiguration. We had a wonderful time of reflection where we pondered the question what does it mean to listen to Jesus. (Read the text in Matthew 17).

It is hard to listen to Jesus, and only Jesus. There are millions of voices crying out to us demanding our attention and our loyalty. So what do we do. How do we pay attention, and listen, to Jesus and not the other voices that cry out to us. So what does it mean?

This is one of the many questions we were left with during this trip. We have only a few days left, and there is so much swirling in my mind. So many questions, anger, and frustration. So what does it look like in the midst of all of that to listen to Jesus. I will spend a lot more time beyond the three weeks in Israel pondering this questions.

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