No Christian pilgrimage is complete without a tour of Jordan. And no tour of this ‘other holy land’ is complete without walking where Jesus walked to the place where John the Baptist helped initiate Christ’s ministry – Bethany Beyond the Jordan. A now muddy, oily creek that separates Israel from Jordan, while uniting the hearts of Believers for decades – as reflected in some of the following blog posts by the posts of pilgrims visiting its banks:
Jerash (Arabic:محافظة جرش) is considered one of the most important cities of the Roman Decapolis – as well as one of the best preserved. I should know, I have the pictures to prove it!
What do you get after a 1 hour, 850+ stair climb up a mountain? If you’re at Petra, you get a breathtaking picture (and YouTube Video) of a 154×158 foot structure carved entirely out of the mountain side known as the Monastery.
Now located on the border of Jordan and Israel, we lost quite a bit of daylight before being allowed down by the river because the soldiers whose job it was to escort us did not have a direct command from their lieutenant, even though the general in charge of the area had already given the green light. It sounds dicey, but actually it is how peace and harmony are insured.
Described as ‘Vast and echoing and god-like’ by T.E. Lawrence in his famed 7 Pillars of Wisdom, rarely does a visitor leave unawed and uninspired by this moonscape. In fact the only regret of this writer is that he did not have enough time to spend the night in this “magically haunted ” moonscape – vowing to come back one day with his family to take a 2 day camel caravan to fully drink in its arid beauty.
How about a video of me holding a 20lb rock – unsuccessfully trying to sink myself in the ultra-buoyant dead sea? Hopefully that will be entertaining and educational enough to hold everyone off until I arrive back home sometime late tomorrow night.
Two days ago I was standing alone on the steps of the Treasury at Petra. The images still awe me, more so this 2nd visit than the 1st. Below is a brief description along with 3 YouTube videos explaining why.
My feet are sore, my shoulders are stiff, yet my spirit soars like an eagle. And while now physically in Aqaba, part of my mind is still a bit on Petra. Here’s an explanation why – followed by some neat pictures:
I’ve lost 100lbs. I’ve hit the gym almost every day. I’ve purchased, packed and double checked everything I need. Now for some sleep before the 5:45 AM wake-up call – as by 6:30, I hope to be in Petra – climbing up to the High Place of Worship in the morning, and then up 850 steps to the Monastery.