Travel

Israel, part 2

We’re home! What can I say, Israel was amazing.

Here is a little more from our trip, but not including our time in Jerusalem. I’ll do a separate post about that tomorrow. (I know, a post on a Thursday? Wow!) So look out for that one. If you missed part 1, you can find it here.

Wednesday morning, we went to the Jordan River and saw the place where it is believed that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17).

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We all dipped our toes in, too.

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The nice thing about being not quite 2 yet is that pants are optional.

Then we drove to the other end of the Sea of Galilee to the ancient town of Capernaum. After Jesus was rejected (and thrown out) at Nazareth, he settled here and made it the base for his ministry (Luke 4:31). Many of the events you read about in the Gospels happened here. The remains of a synagogue stand on top of the original one, where Jesus taught and drove out an evil spirit (Luke 4:31-37).

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We also saw Peter’s house (really the ruins of ancient churches on top of where his house was). Then we went to sit by the shores of the lake and read in Luke some of the events that had happened in Capernaum.

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Then that evening, we went to dinner in a restaurant that was located in a gas station. According to Trip Adviser, it was excellent, but we weren’t too sure about gas station food. But all those reviews were right- it was amazing! It was grilled meat, bread, and 19 different salads and sauces!

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The first couple nights of our trip, we had a terrible time getting Noah to go to sleep. He was screaming and screaming, like he was afraid of something. I tried ignoring him, sitting with him, sternly saying “NO”, but nothing worked. I ended up talking to him about how Jesus is his friend and will take care of him. I prayed with him, asking God to send an angel to watch over him while he slept. That seemed to help and he calmed down and went to sleep. Praying before bed has not something I’ve been in the habit of doing, but I think it needs to become part of our bedtime routine.

A domani (see you tomorrow)!

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