Springtime in Israel

For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. (Song of Songs 2: 11-12)

In between our travels abroad we’ve been busy in Israel, catching up with work and travelling a bit in the land. I’ve been able get down to the Dead Sea and the area around the oasis of Ein Gedi. This is one of my favourite places in the country. It’s where David hung out when he was on the run from Saul, and where all those great stories from the First Book of Samuel about that personal conflict are set. It’s vivid to be there, and let your imagination run free.

Sunset at Ein Gedi
Star of David
Dead Sea
The Dead Sea (photo: N Savion)

 

And then last weekend we visited Beit Bracha, our guesthouse and prayer centre overlooking the Sea of Galilee in the village of Migdal. What a treat! It was to our great advantage that there were a couple of very accomplished pianists staying there as well, and we enjoyed their playing and leading us in worship in the evening. We drove there via Mount Carmel, visiting the traditional site of Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal in I Kings 18. It’s a great story, and if you haven’t read it, here’s a hint about what happened: it didn’t end well for the prophets of Baal!

Elijah statue on Mt Carmel
Elijah on Mt Carmel

 

We took the opportunity to drive up to the Golan Heights while we were there. This is a glorious time of year. All the flowers were out, and the fruit trees were in blossom. The richness of the colours and the splendour of the flowers were astonishing after a wet February, and it was a privilege to see. God’s glorious creation was on display, and it was beautiful.

Apple Blossom on the Golan
Star of David

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, I couldn't resist adding this lovely picture of a shepherd with his sheep at sunrise in Jerusalem, taken by Dan Hadley.

Dan and Neva are the volunteer co-ordinators at the Christ Church Guest House. Clearly Dan gets up early!

Sheep in Jerusalem at sunrise
Sheep in Jerusalem at sunrise

 

Discuss

From 2003-2010 I had the pleasure of volunteering at CC as guest house cook, tour coordinator at Shoresh with David Pileggi, and then Reverend Pileggi's secretary at CC. I love to keep in touch with the seasons at Christ Church, and look forward to bringing friends each year.

Hi Kay, thank you for your kind words. I'll pass them on to David Pileggi, who'll be pleased to hear from you. Come and say hello next time you're in town. It's Passover here today, so Chag Pesach Sameach!

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