In June I was privileged to be able to go to Israel for the first time. My brother, brother-in-law and I accompanied my Dad to celebrate his 60th birthday.
Following the trip I was asked by the editor of Christian Today whether I could write about my trip. Well, I have done my best. This is my first travel ‘piece’ and I found it difficult!
It was an overwhelming trip on so many levels. I have not been able to go into detail and many personal encounters are omitted such as:
- our chat with a former IDF soldier whose job was to remain in contact with the families who had lost children in the various wars;
- our time with a Palestinian Christian who took us to a souvenir shop where families seek to earn a living by making and selling wood carvings;
- when I helped a muslim stall owner push his cart up the hill in the Old City and he gave me a bag of fruit;
- our last supper overlooking Jerusalem by night…
From the Christian Today, August 2, 2010
What is striking while driving to Jerusalem along the motorway from Tel Aviv is the sheer gradient of the terrain. The road twists and turns as it climbs up through the hills towards Jerusalem. Trees line the rugged embankments. ‘A city on a hill’ is a perfect description of the ancient City of David.
Israel is a modern yet ancient land. The road signs were erected by a state which is little more than 60 years old, yet one which represents over 3000 years of history.