I believe a tiny seed was planted inside of me years ago when my parents visited the Holy Land and brought back a little bible just for me, with a cover made from Olive wood. I’ve cherished it through the years, and although the cover is broken in two and the print is so small I can barely read it, I’ve held onto it because of where it came from. What my parents did for me is what I hope to do for you – plant a little seed that will stick with you and grow into an interest and endearment for Israel too!
My heart is so full of our many joyful memories of Israel, the special place that God chose for His Son to live. I keep thinking of a prayer that our guide and friend Yuval prayed as we started our day one morning. He said, “Father, we don’t have enough ‘thank you’ to say.” That’s how I feel – so full of thankfulness from experiencing the people of Israel, walking on the land where Jesus lived and changed lives; sometimes I would look out the window of the bus and imagine Him walking along the hills beside me.
What a treasure to experience the places that I’ve read about in Scripture and get to share them with you here. I wish that I had something tangible to give you from Holy Land like the Olive wood crosses I brought back for our children, but I pray that the seeds shared within these notes and pictures will be like a gift for you. I hope they’ll take root in your heart and keep growing!