Wow – You know there is so much interesting news and developments happening right now – but I just got to write about the setting I am in here in the Holy Land.
Today I was in the Galilee – and the sky was so incredibly blue, the mountains to be seen clearly, the water – although incredibly low in it's level – glittering in the sun.
It just kept hitting me through out the day – this is what Jesus saw, this is where Jesus walked, and this is where he swam! So much of my impression was the setting – the setting of authenticity.
The physical Galilee, where Jesus spent most of His Ministry, is often described as the fifth Gospel. A Benedictine Monk who passed on to his inheritance a few years ago made that phrase popular in a publication on the areas of Jesus' works amongst the peoples of the region.
The point is this; some make it a point to disprove what the Gospels record. Some learn apologetics to defend the Gospel. But some travel and see the lay of the land and, by following the Gospel accounts, enter the spiritual crossroad between faith and reality in the present.
The latter is made possible by God's gift of the Holy Spirit, who has among the many tasks to perform, the strengthening of ones faith.
'Faith is the belief of things not yet seen, the things hoped for'… perhaps my experience today is the closest one my come in bridging from the side of unseen – to seen.
Thanks for checking in on the blog – and for your interest in the Holy Land.
Middle East Correspondent