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Monday, 27 May 2013

HOLYLAND PILGRIMAGE – A further day in Tiberias


Taking a walk along the Promenade below the town (Tiberias) and found an information board telling that the promenade had been constructed after a major wave from the Lake in 1935 destroyed a considerable part of the old town with, I think,12 lives lost. With the lake as tranquil as it has been since we have been here, that barely seems credible, but adds a sense of the fearfulness within the story of the storm on the Lake.

An amazing interlude at lunch time as we explore Scots Hotel which had been recommended to us by the very pleasant German Jew we had met on our first outing into town ( he offered to take our photo and we then got chatting until his wife phoned to ask him where he was!). We had a more than adequate lunch at a cost only marginally above what we had paid in the street cafe yesterday but Pam spotted that the cost of using the Internet was $18 for 24 hours. That would have proved a very expensive few days as between us we’ve been facebooking and blogging several times a day!

The very pleasant bartender from Knutsford in Cheshire UK told us that the restaurant staff around the town typically earn only £4 per day; so, unsurprisingly in a region where nothing is cheap, they need two jobs to survive. He was thankful to have a job which allowed him not to have to do this. Whether this has anything to do with the Church of Scotland's ownership, one would have no idea - but hope that it might.

Back at our own hotel (Ron Beach), Pam thoroughly enjoyed another opportunity to swim in Galilee while I and other less adventurous pilgrims merely splashed around in the hotel pool which is a mere 5 metres away from the sea wall of.Galilee.

Later, we gather for our final Communion as a group; a  poignant reminder of the real purpose of being in Israel – to become just a little more familiar with the places in which Jesus carried out his world-changing ministry. If it were not for this ministry, we, as a group, would have had no common ground that would draw us together as a family fellowship. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind was sung once again. I suspect none of us will be able to sing it in future without a memory of this moment or one of the others we experienced around the Lake’s shores. Tomorrow we travel home, hopefully changed by this rich experience which is only possible because of the remarkable travel facilities available to so many of us, these days and for which, at this moment it is appropriate to give thanks.
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Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'