Thankfully we had a much more relaxing day but not without some unique experiences. We checked out of Christ's Church in the morning and started off for Galilee. Our first stop was the Jordan river at the traditional sight of the baptism of Jesus. It was quite crowded as there was a Coptic group rededicating themselves in the water. We watched them for a time and then the Coptics were interrupted by an American middle age group that rushed to the water shedding their clothes to dip themselves. I must say that I never expected to see half naked middle age women at such a holy sight. Some literally threw their tops off to quickly change. Can't make this stuff up. We next drove around the Lake (Sea) of Galilee. It is Thirteen miles long and 6 miles wide. It was calm today and quite beautiful as the sun struck it at different angles.
We had good drink and good conversation as we agreed that what the Jewish people do so well to maintain their identity is to be proactive at redeeming time and celebrations together. Christians need this type of identity in the home first and then in the faith community. Much more to be said! We love the new hotel where we will stay two nights. Please pray we get home safe. Peace, Pastor Eric