Israel has been on my mind and heart a lot lately, as I’m sure it has yours, as well. If you listen to or watch the news at all, you have probably heard of the most recent episodes of unrest in the Holy Land. As I hear the reports of what is happening there, my heart aches for those living in the Promised Land.
As I said before, I’ve had the privilege to travel to many places throughout my lifetime, but few have impacted me as much as Israel. I am still looking forward to next year’s Israel Tour in March, to once again walk where Jesus walked and see the landscape that he called home. Rest assured, this tour will not include Gaza where the unrest takes place and it will not take us into harm’s way. Israel is a land like no other. Walking there is like walking through the pages of the Bible in living color.
So, what do we do with all that is happening there now? First, we must remember that in Genesis 12, the Lord said to Abraham:
“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
Secondly, pray. When we are half-a-world away, it’s easy to feel helpless. It’s easy to turn off the TV, close the newspaper or change the radio station. It’s easy for us to go about our days and forget. But, they need our support. And the one form of support that each of us can offer is our prayers.
So, please take a moment right now to pray for Israel, the land that Jesus called home. And, pray about joining us in March 2015 to see and experience this Holy Land for yourself.
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