Review Day

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of our last day in Israel.  Where does the time go?   On that rainy Michigan summer day I decided to spend some time reviewing my Israel pictures, blogs and notes.  Here are some thoughts…

  • To begin with, reviewing pictures, blogs and notes requires sharing with at least one other person.  Doing this alone just doesn’t cut it.  There needs to be some… “Remember that…  That was the time we…  110 degrees!…  Ohhhhh…   My favorite part…  I have a picture of … ”  That kind of stuff.
  • Would I go again?  Probably.  It wouldn’t be the same.   There would be new lessons, perhaps.  Different people, for sure.  I believe I would take better notes, pay better attention, probably take fewer pictures?  Maybe.
  • What were my favorite parts?  There are too many to list – the lessons… the bus rides… the adventure of being in a new place….  the people…  ‘Photo Themes of the Day’…  singing in different places…  swimming in the Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee… and on and on…
  • How has the experience affected me?  Spiritual growth – definitely!  Better understanding of  – the context of the Old and New Testaments, middle east issues.  Friendships were enriched, to be sure.

Later today there will be an Israel reunion hike. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with the Israel people.  It will be a good time to look back on that significant event in our lives.

However, for this blog, I can’t help but think that it’s time to move on.  Some people do that better than I do.  This blog had it’s roots in Israel and I’m sure Israel themes and thoughts will reoccur,  but it’s time to move on with this as well.  The next issue will have a new name –  “Walk as Children of Light – Israel and Beyond” and perhaps a new look (if I can figure out how to make that happen).  Before ‘moving on’ I thought I’d share some of my favorite Israel pictures…

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