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The Reverend Dr. Seth E. Weeldreyer’s Blog

Barriers

This picture is one of my favorites that I took on our recent Israel/Palestine pilgrimage. It was on the Mount of the Beatitudes, and I was deeply struck by the irony of this image. A fountain of water springing forth from a rock, the words of Christ from the Gospel of John inviting all who…

Reaching Jerusalem

Today, we reached Jerusalem. We began the morning early with the Haram Al-Sharif (or Temple Mount). It is the place where according to scripture Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac. It has become the center of so much beauty and inspiration … and so much controversy, conflict, and sacrifice ongoing today. For Muslims, it houses…

Wadi Qilt

We worshiped today at the Wadi Qilt. This place inspired Psalm 23 — though it’s not exactly “green pastures and still waters.” Amid the dry and seemingly barren landscape one can see crisscrossing trails of sheep over the years. There are a few tufts of vegetation. There is dry creek/river bed that would become a…