Easter on the Temple Mount

I had never been able to get onto the Temple Mount before today. It had always been closed for prayers or politics. But today, the busiest day in the city with the air all abuzz, it was open. For clarity sake, the western wall is the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount, Mt. Moriah,…

Where do you sleep?

There are some funny translation mistakes you will catch when speaking with Israeli’s. Whether Arab or Jew, often they will ask you “where do you sleep?” This is usually in place of what native speakers would ask as “where are you staying?” “Where do you live?” “Are you staying in an apartment?” or that loaded…

Gravity

“Steal like an artist.” A great writer friend told me. I have been back in America for about a week now and just like this past month, I felt myself still clawing for the right words. “You just have to write. Just say something.” Momma Faydra encouraged. Yes, yes but—the words still have to actually…

Overdue

And just like that it’s been over a month since I posted anything. I had this grand plan of posting all of my adventures in majestic chronological order and after Rome I found that everything was just too heavenly beautiful for words. That’s right, I went to Rome for the weekend and by this point…

Wildflowers in the Golan

“O Shepherd. You said you would make my feet like hinds’ feet and set me upon High Places”. “Well”, he answered “the only way to develop hinds’ feet is to go by the paths which the hinds use.” –Hannah Hurnard, Hinds’ Feet on High Places

Holy Work

 Everything changes when you come to Israel. For some it is a divine revelation, and for others a homecoming. The dirt is a little bit redder here “Adom” Red, and “Adam” Man. The water tastes a little more mineral-ey, and the air smells a bit more ancient. These phrases and thoughts become common “Oh that’s…

Galilee

The River Garth Brooks You know a dream is like a river Ever changing as it flows And a dreamer’s just a vessel That must follow where it goes Trying to learn from what’s behind you And never knowing what’s in store Makes each day a constant battle Just to stay between the shores and…

Archaeology Day 2

We had our second day of digging this week! This was the first day this site was worked so most of our work was preliminary surface work, but we still found some roman glass and tons and tons of pottery.

The Whirlwind Pt.3

Jerusalem That golden city. If you have read my first post on this page you might begin to understand why Jerusalem has such a profoundly special place in my heart. Friday morning, we took off for Jerusalem, we got there around noon, and wandered around the market before Shabbat. The market was organized madness as…

The Jewish Gospels

The Whirlwind Pt.2 All day Tuesday and Wednesday Morning, I spent recovering from food poisoning. The joke is “well now we know where NOT to buy Falafel.” My poor teammate Destiny was also sick so the two of us stayed home all-day Tuesday miserable together, but because of us, our class in Jewish Christian relations…