Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Easter and Jordan

Easter was wonderful here in Jerusalem. I went to a sunrise service at the garden tomb (here’s the deal.. it’s not the actual spot, but very close. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is more likely the real location). But, it is an awesome place to gather and remember, and definitely offers the best visual. The garden tomb is beautiful, and resembles the pictures we are used to seeing- of the big rock rolled away from the tomb, with plants and flowers surrounding it all. This place was packed, and with people from all over, who represented all continents (besides Antarctica)!

Thursday I left for a four-day field study to Jordan. This field study felt much different because Jordan requires a tour guide for large groups. Oh man, I felt like such a tourist! My favorite spots were Petra and Mt. Nebo (where Moses saw the Promised Land before he died). Jordan had a much different feel that Israel. Islam is the dominant religion, it is extremely westernized and looks like you would suspect Israel to look (very dry and deserty, but Israel is much more green!). Oh yeah, and I rode a donkey! That was awesome!

Even though I have been here for nearly three months, everyday I learn something new that changes the way I look at life.  Questioning is inevitable. It seems I’m forced to process enormous questions that people definitely do not think about on a regular basis. What’s on my mind most right now are things like Christianity in the midst of other major world religions (specifically looking at the timeline from Judaism to Christianity to Islam), the psychology of religion, the essence of time and why Christ came when He did (why not sooner?), and what it really means that God came to earth and suffered (I have heard it so often without contemplating it enough).

The part of me that wanted revival immediately upon coming here is becoming frustrated.  But I know that God is working in much greater ways than in a quick spiritual high. Even through the midst of doubting, I cannot separate myself from the truth that God is real. Even in the midst of this Jewish nation, there is something that constantly pulls me back to the truth of Christ. I would really appreciate prayers for finishing well (3 weeks left), and for thinking through these questions. 

Sunrise Service
Sunset on Easter
That's right no leavened bread in the Jewish part of the city,
during Passover.
At the Wadi Yarmuk in Jordan 
Biggest Starbucks in the world (I have my doubts though)
Hiking at Petra

My donkey's name was Michael Jackson. Original.

I could totally take him! 
Beautiful people
Walking through the seek to the treasury
View from Mt. Nebo

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