holy week in the holy land

The temperature has been rising in Tiberias this week. A couple of days it has been 30C or above. And with the heat has come the humidity, that dense heaviness that elsewhere would signal a thunderstorm. But over the past couple of days, no rain has appeared. I've been popping ibuprofen every few hours to…

we are one body

A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. -- Ezekiel 36.26 Earlier this week, I visited House of Grace, the prisoner rehabilitation centre in Haifa, with a friend from Scotland.…

remember that you are dust

I spent yesterday at a retreat for women at Magdala, a site just up the road from Tiberias thought to be the ancient village where Mary Madalene lived. Like many places in this land, it's both an archeological park (they've unearthed a first century synagogue) and a contemporary place of worship which houses an atrium devoted to…

spring has come

  Happiness is two weeks in the Southern US. Fried food. Biscuits and gravy. Bourbon. Snow. Long afternoons with friends. Leisurely evenings with family. Drives on rural roads. Hazy blue mountains. Country music. Each time I travel and the plane makes its choppy descent over the Smoky Mountains into Knoxville airport, I feel my lungs…