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For many people a visit to the Holy Land becomes a sort of “fifth gospel”. For me, it became a lens though which to read the pages of the written Gospels and I am stunned at how much clearer they have become. I am now leading a 10 day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land leaving from Aberdeen, Scotland 16th-25th March 2011.

I feel that, if at all possible, people should take the chance to visit if they can; there is so much to see, hear, learn, experience and share. Blogs, books, photos and presentations can certainly peak our attention, but nothing beats the personal experience. A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is more than pious tourism and few, but the cynical, would see it as a “Christian Disneyland”. Indeed I found it to give me an awareness not only of the past, but also the present.

I became aware that the Holy Land was an amazing experience of spirituality, education, and culture.

Model of Jerusalem on eve of destruction 70 AD

Visits will include Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea and Qumran, as well as allowing free time for relaxation and private exploration. We will walk along the Via Dolorosa, sail on the Sea of Galilee, float on the Dead Sea and ascend the Mount of Masada by cable car.

If you’re interested in joining this adventure then please get in touch.

For more information see the attached brochure. Holy Land Pilgrimage 2011

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I had an operation on my wrist last week, and find that the restricted movement that has been imposed upon me for the next 10 days means I’m looking for things I can do without causing too much pain. I decided video editing was a safe thing to do – use one hand, point and click. Okay there have been a few moments when I’ve forgotten and tried to hold a button down, but the sharp pain up my arm reminds me it’s not the thing to do! Anyway, I’ve put together a short video of my trip to Israel and include it here to give you a flavour not only of the trip, but also of the sights and sounds of land.

 

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For many people a visit to the Holy Land becomes a sort of “fifth gospel”.   For me, it became a lens though which to read the pages of the written Gospels and I am stunned at how much clearer they have become.    I am now in the process of making inquiries about organising and leading a 10 day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in October 2010.   I feel that, if at all possible, people should take the chance to visit if they can;  there is so much to see, hear, learn, experience and share.

Model of Jerusalem on eve of destruction 70 AD

Model of Jerusalem on eve of destruction 70 AD

Blogs, books, photos and presentations can certainly peak our attention, but nothing beats the personal experience.   A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is more than pious tourism and few, but the cynical, would see it as a “Christian Disneyland”.  Indeed I found it to give me an awareness not only of the past, but also the present.  

I became aware that the Holy Land was an amazing experience of spirituality, education, and culture.

I became aware that forgiveness and compassion are desperately needed not only between individuals, but also countries. 

I became aware of the awesome responsibility that we carry and the fact that as Christians walk this earth, peace ought to follow.

I became aware that the Holy Land was a place where the scriptures came alive.

So if anyone is interested in joining me on this adventure then please get in touch.      

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