Why part one? Because we’re still living it! Remember last week when I said we were going on a great vacation this week? Here we are in Israel!
We got in Monday night and on Tuesday, we went to Nazareth and the Mount of Beatitudes. First we went to the Basilica of the Annunciation, which contains the cave home considered to be where Mary lived when the angel Gabriel came to tell her she would have a baby who was to be the Messiah.
Then we went upstairs to the chapel and passed some baby-height stained glass on the way. He was being kind of loud (they were joyful screeches), so we took turns going into the church. Maybe he was talking to Jesus!
Then outside, the doors had Bible stories engraved on them. The Jesus being baptized in the Jordan River was on the bottom and his hands were great for holding, so I took the opportunity to tell Noah how Jesus is a good friend to us all. We also found the Noah’s Ark on the door and couldn’t resist.
Then we went to Joseph’s church, which is where they believed his workshop was. By that time, the little boy was hungry, so we had shwarma sandwiches for lunch. They were amazing!
After we all took naps, we went to the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7. The church (and terrace) were closed, but we found a little pull-off where we sat and read that passage and watched the sunset.
“Why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the lilies of the field grow. They neither labor nor spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:28-30