Israel

Sometimes I am asked about countries where I have been. A frequent question is of which country where I have traveled which I like the most. My simplest answer is… “I have gone around the world in a single trip…and I have been to many countries in between over many years” … And then… “I have been to Israel!”

Richard at the Sea of Galilee

Richard at the Sea of Galilee

I did something I had not done before when I was traveling to Israel. I determined to write at least one poem per day while I was there. The poems and prose-poems in this mini-travelogue of sorts, is what I endeavored to preserve of my trip with others to that incredible place…God’s land.  At most, what passed through my pencil is a small part of large things seen by my eyes, and which passed through my heart in those days. At best, these are a few precious drops to deposit in a very large and glorious river to come.

The glorious river will indeed come, but before that day, Israel will know pain unequaled in her history in the years since Abram first crossed the river into the Good Land of Promise (Genesis 12-14; Revelation 16; Isaiah 61, 65, 66; Revelation 21-22).

 

Part of the Jerusalem Day March we were in (upwards to 100,000 mostly young people)

Part of the Jerusalem Day March we were in (upwards to 100,000 mostly young people)

 

 

 

 

Celebration Congregation dancing with in the plaza near the Western Wall

Celebration Congregation dancing within the plaza near the Western Wall

 

 

 

Marching through one of the tunnels in the Palestinian area of the Old City of Jerusalem, anticipating a bomb or disturbance at all times as we marched

Marching through one of the tunnels in the Palestinian area of the Old City of Jerusalem, anticipating a bomb or disturbance at all times as we marched Marching through one of the tunnels in the Palestinian area of the Old City of Jerusalem, anticipating a bomb or disturbance at all times as we marched

 

Some of our group at Masada, the place of honor, preferring death as a victory over submitting to the attacking enemy

Some of our group at Masada, the place of honor, preferring death as a victory over submitting to the attacking enemy

 

Our group at the Eastern Gate, in front of the Mosque on Temple Mount

Our group at the Eastern Gate, in front of the Mosque on Temple Mount

Richard with Jonathan of Nashville, Mike and Marty of Loveland, Colorado in Tel Aviv

Richard with Jonathan of Nashville, Mike and Marty of Loveland, Colorado in Tel Aviv

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Richard

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