Trying to figure out how to write about today is fuzzy for me. There was so much about the day that was interwoven. We would walk on the street level of something, and then walk underneath the same spot, or along the same spot, yet learn something new with every step. At one place Gus pointed out that within a short distance there were buildings, uncovered ruins or a street and thousands of years of history was represented. It's hard for me to imagine living in such a place, but Gus calls it home, and he passionately loves it.
At the begining of the day we got off the bus at the Dung Gate and entered the old city, and spent the rest of the day on foot.
Western Wall Tunnel
Pool of Bethesda
Church of the Sepulcher
Davidson Center at the Jerusalem Archaeological Park
Herodian Street at South West Corner of Temple Mount
Southern Steps of the Temple
American Colony Hotel
On our way back to the hotel for the night, Barry got on the microphone and said he had a treat for anyone who was interested. There is a hotel just five minutes walking distance from ours, that owns the original, hand-written copy of Horatio Spafford's powerful hymn, "It Is Well"! After dinner, about two-thirds of the group gathered together and walked around the corner to look at the display the hotel had about the Spaffords. They had newpaper clippings about the ship that capsized and took the lives of Spafford's daughters. They also had a great set of photographs of Horatio and his wife, Anna. Considering the personal loss and faith of the man who penned the well-known words of such a song was a tremendous way to end the day! As Gus likes to frequently remind us, "God is good, always!"
As always, please continue to keep us in your prayers. Only two more days and we'll be heading back to the airport at Tel Aviv to board a plane for the states. Lord willing, I will be able to write again tomorrow.
Jeremy & Anna