Watching the sun rise over the Dead Sea was a relaxing way to start the day.
A hike in the Judean Wilderness took our minds back to the writer of Psalms. “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures… He restores my soul …” were the words on our lips as we walked.
We could see the hill of Hakhilah from here. 1 Samuel 26 tells us David hid from Saul there. The Psalms take on a whole new meaning out here in this dry, hot desert!!!
Treasure hunt time! The Bible has several stories about someone lying beneath the broom tree. Who was it?
The view from the top of the Hill of Hakhilah was spectacular. We took a moment to enjoy it.
Life in the desert is a struggle. It is in the deserts of our lives that we are tempted to mistrust the Great Shepherd. When we pray for one another, care for each other, share water, offer strong arms to lean upon, and carry each other’s burdens, we are able to be faithful. We could not survive alone here for very long.
The bus was a welcome sight to these weary pilgrims! WE made it!!! TOGETHER!!! We were able to rest as we traveled on to the Fountain of Tears before heading to Jerusalem to our hotel.