On April 18, I will be going into the West Bank to see the city of Bethlehem, specifically the site where it is believed Jesus was born. As is recorded in the Gospel account:
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7)
As you can see from the picture, we will also be facing the Wall that divides the Palestinians from the Israelis. It is a stark reminder of the conflict, especially disturbing in the city that gave birth to the Prince of Peace. As we travel, we will be praying for peace.
I will be posting reflection and pictures of our experiences on the pilgrimage. Be sure to follow along on our journey by going to our church website (www.cpcba.org) and clicking on the Pastor's Blog tab.
Pastor Donna and her fellow pilgrims (Nancy Hamilton, Deb Sadowski, Leslie Miller and Barbara McKelway)