Holy Land Pilgrimage, Days 9 and 10: "You told me I was like the Dead Sea, you'll never sin

We've been back for a week now (a week already?!) and we can't believe it! Between a case of King Herod's Revenge (similar to Montezuma's Revenge, but like... more Bible plague-y), jet lag, THE EAGLES WINNING THE SUPERBOWL (Nick says its because he prayed for a Birds' victory at the Western Wall), and never-ending piles of laundry (literally, the last is just in the washer now) - we can finally get our thoughts together about our final days in the Holy Land! Our last full day in Jerusalem began with us following part of the "Palm Sunday Walk," a trail of churches and holy sites that commemorate Jesus's triumphant entry into Jerusalem and Holy Week events that ended in his crucifixion. Chri

Holy Land Pilgrimage, Day 8: Close Encounters of the Three Religions Kind

This morning was quite alien to us - literally! Yet another day where we were up and at 'em before God! We left St. George's Guest House at 6:30 am to spend the morning at a holy site for each of the three major religions present in Old Jerusalem: the Western Wall, holy to the Jews; the Dome of the Rock, holy to the Muslims; and St. Anne's Church and the pools of Bethesda, holy to the Christians. First stop: the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall. The wall was part of a retaining wall that was built as part of the expansion of the Second Jewish Temple, begun by Herod the Great in 19 BC. Rabbinic tradition teaches that the current wall is built upon foundations laid by King Solom

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