Archive for January, 2011

Old City Jerusalem Overview
January 27, 2011

Today was the second day of my time in Israel and the group of 29 students loaded into the bus for a 30 minute trip to Jerusalem. from 8:30am to 5:00pm we walked all over that city for a brief overview tour to get to know the city better. First thing we did was go on top of a hostel and listened to our teacher(Benj) talk about the view of Jerusalem we saw from the Wetsern Gate of the city(Jaffa Gate).

 

 

 

Benj also took us on a walk about 10min to the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralytic man of 35 years.

The Hebrew name for Bethesda means” house of grace.

 

 

 

 

 

We also went to the Struthion Pool where Pilot presented Jesus to the Jews to have Him crucified in John 19 where Pilot says, “Behold the Man…”

Next we went to the wailing wall known known as the Western Wall, the girls and guys separated to there segregated section of the wall. When people went up to that wall they prayed and walked back and forth; once they were done they walked backwards out of respect for the holy of holies that was once behind the wailing wall. Some wrote prayers on small peices of paper and stuck them in the cracks of the stone. Me and some other girls I was with wrote a prayer on a paper and prayed at the wall for a while. However, it was sad watching Jewish women pray and cry, waiting for a savior, while they missed the one true Savior 2000 years ago. It was sad seeing them pray to a God that doesn’t hear their prayers because they don’t put their faith in the Great Intercessor, who intercedes on their behalf.

 

Next we climbed the Jerusalem wall from the southern part of the city to the eastern part to be able to see the Mount of Olives. Seeing the Mount of Olives increased  my faith by seeing the exact location where Jesus ascended to heaven after His resurrection and where He WILL be returning one day. God’s grace and mercy to Gentiles and to all nations just amazes me. His faithfulness and never failing love is what keeps me going, living just to know my loving Savior more.

Throughout the day we went to the Muslim and Jewish sections of the city of Jerusalem. There are also Aramaic and Christian sections too, where people live and work, segregated by their nationality.

this is the Muslim section of the Old City

The city was a lot smaller than I thought it would be, we could walk any where in the city within 20min. Also, the men in the city act as if they have NEVER seen a blonde girl in their life. So of course they looked at me as if I was an alien, here is a picture of some Israeli soldiers giving me the look I got all day…

Prayer
January 3, 2011

O LOVER OF THE LOVELESS,

It is thy will that I should love thee with heart, soul, mind, strength, and my neighbor as myself.

But I am not sufficient for these things.

There is by nature no pure love in my soul; evert affection in me is turned from thee; I am bound, as slave to lust, I cannot love thee, lovely as thou art, until thou dost set me free.

By grace I am they freeman and would serve thee, for I believe thou art my God in Jesus, and that through him I am redeemed and my sins are forgiven.

With this freedom I would always obey thee, but I cannot walk in liberty, any more that I could first attain it, of myself.

May thy Spirit draw me nearer to thee and thy ways.

Thou art the end of all means, for if they lead me not to thee, I go away empty.

Order all my ways by thy holy Word and make thy commandments the joy of my heart, that by them I may have happy converse with thee.

May I grow in thy love and manifest it to mankind.

Spirit of love, make me like the loving Jesus; give me his benevolent temper, his beneficent actions, that I may shine before men to thy glory.

The more thou doest in love in me and by me, humble me the more; keep me the meek, lowly, and always ready to give thee honor.