Entrance into the bomb shelter at the Dan Hotel in Jerusalem.
I can't quite fathom what it would be like to live in a country where this sort of thing is taken for granted as a normal security measure. Pray for peace for our world.
|The courtyard outside of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre|
|The church was undergoing reconstruction while we were there, but we could still see splendor.|
|Imagine the thrill to hear music filling this beautiful place!|
|The Roman Catholic chapel within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre|
|These stairs lead to Calvary, where Our Lord suffered on the Cross.|
|This is called the Rock of the Annointing. I don't believe there is any evidence to suggest that it was on this rock that Jesus' body was annointed following his death, but worshipers pause to pray and remember here.|
|Bowing prostrate to remember His suffering and death on our behalf. It is possible to reach down below this floor and touch the bedrock of Calvary.|
|As our bus traveled down the road in Jericho, this enterprising gent came trotting along to sell us a camel ride.|
|Here is a view of the Mount of Temptation, which soars above Jericho. Note the monastery near the summit.|
|We'd already had the opportunity to ride a camel in Nazareth earlier, so passed this time. But the camel brightened up the arid landscape, didn't he?|