Rescued

Rescued

October 10, 2019 Our plan was to drive to the INT Trailhead for this section of trail south of Dimona.  We’d start near the mouth of the “Small Crater,” (6 km long, 4 km wide, and 400 meters deep) and hitchhike back after about a six-hour hike.  A call came,...
Lost

Lost

October 7th, 2019 The day started out with a lovely old hymn in my head as I woke up, a snippet I’d not thought of in years:  “trusting as the moments fly, trusting as the day goes by, trusting him what ere befall, trusting Jesus, that is all.” Didn’t realize...
Wall

Wall

October 5th, 2019 There’s someone in me that doesn’t love a wall.   He stands right next to the part of me that needs a wall.  Together they wonder if Eden had a wall before the fall.  We don’t see angels with flaming swords as we walk, but we do...
Grapes

Grapes

October 3, 2019             Today we walked about 11 miles from Beit Guvrin to Tel Lachish, “Valley of Vineyards.”  We got lost, then found, back and forth.  Got there, explored, and hitch-hiked back to...
Jewel

Jewel

October 2nd 2019 The last weekend has been Rosh Hashanah, Israel’s new year.  As we’ve hiked, we’ve experienced Israeli celebrating!  Street are quiet, national parks are filled with the laughter of children, families playing and eating together.   Next...
Narrowing

Narrowing

September 30, 2019 I prayed at the Wailing Wall, leaning into the experience.  Let’s get gone Felt like talking to a wall.  But then the more I leaned into it, I began to think less of men’s murmurs to Him, and more of Him.  We left...
Joy-Sad

Joy-Sad

September 28, 2019 His belly flowed over his belt.  White hair framed a many-chinned face.  His lips curved up, wreathed in smiles.  His napkin tucked in his shirt, and he raised his hands and broke into a song of praise at the table for his...
Watered

Watered

September 26, 2019 A sheep wandered inside the Ben Shemen Forest, on the road to Emmaus. She looked for a shepherd.  Seen a shepherd? She was near where God held the sun still for Joshua when he fought the Amorite kings and their armies. She could have been...
Slow

Slow

September 26, 2019 He was old, silver-haired, bearded.  Dim shop, shaking hands, old eyes. Not the guy, but maybe a close relative… He watched me enter his shoe repair shop, in old Jaffa port.  He smiled.  I asked, “Speak English?” Shake of his...
Cheer

Cheer

September 23, 2019 The last days have been a blur of stopping and moving, slow and go, one place to another, each further down the trail than the last.  Tired feet, body, but cheerful.  Not walking all the trail in a hide-bound legalistic way, but only as...