I’m home from a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands, Israel and Jordan. I have so much to share. But I’ll start with me.
I left home hoping to reconnect with my Biblical roots … to visit my original homeland. I found connections to the past and to the Bible stories, but that was not the primary discovery.
I discovered a ‘me’ that I have not been for a very long time … maybe forever? Sad, unfulfilled, lacking, empty, I suffered, believing I did not deserve to be loved. I traveled over 6,300 miles and found ‘me’, a joyful, energized, loving, compassionate, kind person, others found delightful. What a revelation!
The trip was eye-opening, filled me with awe, and appreciation for the information the guides shared from their own personal viewpoint, which enriched the learning, adding texture and background only they could share.
Kind souls, loving souls, accepting souls of my fellow travelers healed me, supported me, encouraged me, helped me find the humor and joy the little girl in me had lost so long ago.
I believe with all my heart this trip was created, organized, and peopled for me. God, I know You want Good for Your children. You gave me many gifts these past fourteen days. Thank You. As always, You knew what I needed; You took my hand and led me to the Promised Land!
I never entertained the idea of visiting the Holy Lands. Your still small voice whispered, “Go!” “Take your baggage and Go.”
I listened. Doors opened; means were provided; complications evaporated; details facilitated. I packed my bags and took off!
Dear Lord, You know everything about me; You know my comings and goings; You know my wants and needs; Your hand is ever ready for me to grasp. How precious is Your fatherly love! May I never doubt Your presence in every moment of my life, in every breath that I take. May I forever stand amazed by Your love for such a one as me! May I live a life of love! May I be kind and loving to myself! May I share the love I’ve found in You and through You! May I be humble in Your presence and always give You all Glory, Honor, and Praise! Amen
Psalms 139: 1-18, 24 Easy to Read Version
Lord, you have tested me,
so you know all about me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I get up.
You know my thoughts from far away.
3 You know where I go and where I lie down.
You know everything I do.
4 Lord, you know what I want to say,
even before the words leave my mouth.
5 You are all around me—in front of me and behind me.
I feel your hand on my shoulder.
6 I am amazed at what you know;
it is too much for me to understand.
7 Your Spirit is everywhere I go.
I cannot escape your presence.
8 If I go up to heaven, you will be there.
If I go down to the place of death, you will be there.
9 If I go east where the sun rises
or go to live in the west beyond the sea,
10 even there you will take my hand and lead me.
Your strong right hand will protect me.
11 Suppose I wanted to hide from you and said,
“Surely the darkness will hide me.
The day will change to night and cover me.”
12 Even the darkness is not dark to you.
The night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are the same.
13 You formed the way I think and feel.
You put me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because you made me in such a wonderful way.
I know how amazing that was!
15 You could see my bones grow as my body took shape,
hidden in my mother’s womb.
16 You could see my body grow each passing day.
You listed all my parts, and not one of them was missing.
17 Your thoughts are beyond my understanding.
They cannot be measured!
18 If I could count them, they would be more than all the grains of sand.
But when I finished, I would have just begun.
24 Make sure that I am not going the wrong way.
Lead me on the path that has always been right.
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