I’m having some major problems with my SD camera card (the pics are there I just can’t access them). So, until I can share some photos, you’ll just have to use my ultra-descriptive words to stir your imagination!
Day 2 in Israel took us first to Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity. From what I can gather, historians (not just hopeful pilgrims) believe this is the actual spot where Jesus was born and laid in the manger. The location lies underground now, in a little cave-like structure hidden beneath the altar of the church that is shared by three different Catholoc and Orthodox sects.
Then we took off for Jericho (in case you’re wondering, still no walls), a dirty little city now far from it’s Biblical heyday, about 30 minutes east of Jerusalem. We grabbed some lunch and then headed to possibly my favorite two sites of the trip: The Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives.
Tucked just outside the East Gate of the Old City, this is the Garden where Jesus was betrayed, and the hillside on which He often retreated to pray. The original trees were destroyed by Rome in AD70, but the current trees are 1,900 years old and believed to have regrown from the original roots! This is one of the only pictures I snapped with my iPhone camera.
The history of all that happened in this place was deafening. I could have stayed here for hours. And yes, the shirt was intentional. I actually could “hear Jerusalem bells ringing.”