Thursday, January 19, 2012

I Can See Clearly Now, The Rain Is Gone

Today it rained on our field trip! But no worries, we got some way sweet photos of some pretty cool stuff. Also, this was my favorite field trip thus far. More to come, I'm sure. 

Check out that rainbow. Compliments of Megan :)

Love,

Mark

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jericho

This week's field trip was to the ancient city of Jericho--the oldest city on earth.


Honestly, there's not that much to see. The city of Jericho has been rebuilt at least 20 times since the neolithic period, each time making the city just a little bit taller. Since then, Jericho has been completely destroyed and covered by dirt. 

Jericho is best known because of the Biblical account of the Children of Israel defeating the city by marching around it seven days--"and the walls came a tumblin' down." Despite all of the many songs and texts associated with this story (yes, even Hilary Duff wrote a song about Jericho), in my opinion, there is less to see in Jericho than one might hope. Nevertheless, it's Jericho, the oldest (and geographically lowest) city in the world! 
Some of the uncovered ruins of ancient Jericho

Love,

Mark

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Nabi Samwil

About a week ago I visited the cenotaph of the Prophet Samuel. Covered by a Jewish synagogue, the cenotaph honors Samuel and his many contributions to the Israelites. As a child, I, too, was taught of Samuel and his prophetic leadership in the Bible. While the stories about Samuel interested me, what I found even more intriguing could be seen to the east.

A view of the Gibeon Tel from Nabi Samwil

As you look out across the valley from Nabi Samwil, a noticeable tel (remains of generations of cities built on top of one another) catches your view. It is the ancient city of Gibeon.

For those of us a little rusty on our study of the Old Testament, Gibeon is a city not far from Jerusalem. The Gibeonites had made a treaty with Joshua and were soon after under attack from the enemies of Israel. A battle ensued in which the Lord miraculously defeated the enemies of Israel in this very valley (click here to read the Biblical account).

We stood at the top of Nabi Samwil overlooking the valley surrounding Gibeon and read that account from Joshua. It is so much easier to visualize when you can stand there and see it. I'm grateful that our Jewish, Muslim, and Christian friends have made such an effort to maintain these sacred and historic sites so that others can benefit from them.

Love,

Mark

Monday, January 16, 2012

A Few Random Pictures

 Kyle and I are far too easily entertained...

The Thinker




 

Check out these signs we found. Love em :)



Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Check out the family you've raised!
Happy birthday, Mom! I hope you have as great of a day as I've had! It was nice talking with you this morning, and I hope you've continued to enjoy your day. Thanks for being the wonderful woman that you are. You are an example to many, and I am proud to call you "Mom." Have fun with Dad on the cruise! You will be in my thoughts and prayers (not only today, but always!).

Love,

Mark