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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Journey through the Holy Land

    Reflections on our trip to the Holy Land

    February 19, 2018 / By Stacy Taylor / 3 Comments

    It had been a very busy fall and Christmas season, when suddenly it was time to leave for the Holy Lands. I was looking forward to the time away, time with my husband, and time to experience God in a closer way. I found all of those things on our 10-day trip to the Holy Land.

    It took a day or so after the flight to get acclimated to the time zone, and to the fact that I was actually in the Holy Land, but as I finally relaxed, my prayer was, “Well God, I’m here; help me to be in the moment. Speak to me if you will and help me to go away changed!”  

    Being at each Jesus’s sites was amazing. Reading the scripture that specifically pertained to the site made it real. Worshipping and listening to Bishop Webb preach in the boat on the Sea of Galilee, was a holy time. I spent a lot of time imagining and trying to visualize what Jesus may have looked like as he walked in these places. Each time I tried to imagine, I heard God say “It’s ok. I’m here, in your heart. I’m not physically here at any of these places anymore, but I am with you always.”  

    Our guide was amazing - I loved to listen to him tell us his story, read scripture, and share with us his love for his home. He would end the day with “May God bless your hearts.”  Throughout the whole trip, God was truly blessing my heart with new facts of history and a reassurance that He is with us always. The sites, the sounds, the Jesus moments, all contributed to a trip that I will always remember - and will always be in my heart.

    Comments 3

    Praising God with you for your precious experiences, Stacy. May God continue to use those experiences to draw you closer and closer to Him. And to help the rest of us draw closer and closer to Him as He works in and through you.

    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on February 21, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Most awesome trip you will ever take. So glad you and Steve could go. I went in 2000 and I still get God moments when I read my journal and see pics. God will continue to bless you
    Rod

    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on February 22, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Stacy--Appreciated your descriptions of moments of deep inspiration. Knowing that your group spent some time in Bethlehem with some fellow Christians who are Palestinian, I was hoping for some new awareness of their lives of faithfulness to the Christian life while under the control of the Israeli Occupation. I suspect that the guide you mentioned might have been one of those Palestinian faithful. They are among the " living stones" of theHoly Land. May the impact of this trip continue to bless you.

    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on February 22, 2018 at 3:33 pm

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