28.05.2012 - 28.05.2012
What another amazing day! We started out with a trip to the Temple of Pan, thought to be the very site where Jesus was walking when he asked Peter, "Who do you say that I am?" The theology connected with the site is amazing! The springs in this location also are the beginning of the formation of the Jordan River. After this we drove across the Golan Heights and learned much about this Syrian land which is under Israeli occupation (like the Gaza Strip and the Western Bank). As we stopped along the way, we were about 35 miles from Damascus, and in the photo, taken from the Golan Heights, can be seen the United Nations area in front, and beyond the trees is Syria. We were also close to Lebanon, but travel is not allowed between Israel and Lebanon. We saw several Israeli military areas, and an area of land that had a sign warning that there were mines in the area. But the landscape of the area is very rich and green, part of the reason for the Israeli occupation. The second picture is of the beautiful fruit at a roadside market we visited in the area. After lunch at "Peter's Restaurant" (photo), we had our ride on the Sea of Galilee, which is always a meaningful experience (even though this time it was more of a "party boat" than our previous trips there). Before dinner a few of us walked the fifteen minutes from our hotel to the Church of the Mulitiplication of the Bread (a Benedictine monastery - photo) and attended the beautiful evening (German) vesper service.