We are back from our trip to Israel and I'm recovering from jet lag! The trip was amazing. We're still processing the many special experiences that we had.
Since today is Flag Day, I thought I would start by posting this photo of the Texas and Israeli flags that were hoisted above the boat shown below. Our group went out on this boat at the town of Ginnosar on the Sea of Galilee. The captain of the boat, a Christian convert, had visited Texas and put up the state's flag for the occasion.
It was also Memorial Day back home and our wonderful Israeli guide, Lee Glassman, offered a prayer for Israeli and American troops that was very touching.
As the boat traveled across the waters our pastor, Dave Peterson, recalled the many healings Jesus performed in this area and held a healing service for the group. I'll always remember his description of the desperate life: "in the dark, in the boat, without Jesus."
This photo was taken in a museum we visited in this area and shows the Jesus boat that was recently uncovered in the mud of the Sea of Galilee. It dates from between 1 and 200 AD and gives you an idea of the type of boat used by Jesus and the disciples in their own time.
Afterwards, we stopped for lunch at a nearby restaurant. The specialty was St. Peter's fish, a local favorite. The fish is a rough looking character but quite tasty.