A pilgrim is someone who journeys a long distance to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion.
Karla and I are planning to make a pilgrimage to Israel and surrounding areas in February of 2011, along with 40 or so other pilgrims, including one gracious widow from Crossroad Church who has made two previous pilgrimages to the Holy Land.
Lois Yetter visited Israel for the first time five years ago just after her husband (Sam) had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Lois and Sam had always dreamed of going to Israel together and they had the opportunity to fulfill this dream before he went to be with the Lord in January of 2006.
We are excited to make this 11 day pilgrimage (from Feb. 19th-March1, 2011). To walk in some of the exact same areas that Jesus walked is nothing short of a dream come true for me!
To be able to see the actual locations where many of the events of the Bible occurred will surely be an inspiration to us all. The temple …The locations where Jesus performed some of his miracles…to see the Garden of Gethsemane…to see the Beautiful Gate of the temple where the lame beggar in Acts Ch. 3 was healed after being lame for more than 40 years!
To walk through the Valley of the shadow of death (a real geographical place!) will surely breathe spiritual life into this pilgrim and his wife who walked (or was it crawled) metaphorically through this valley less than 20 months ago when I was physically unable to walk.
In Acts 3:7-8 we see that Peter healed the aforementioned man who had been lame from birth : “And he (Peter) took him (lame guy) by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.”
I think I can appreciate what is happening here more than most for I know what it’s like to have nearly zero muscle mass or core strength…and how many hundreds of hours and the amount of determination it takes to get it back…and surely this man had undeveloped muscles, and core strength as well.
So the fact that “immediately his feet and ankles were made strong”…and that he began to walk and leap…well this is nothing short of miraculous! I believe the Bible is true. I believe in miracles. I believe I will go to Israel in February.
If you see me before we leave in February you have my permission to kick me in the shin to see if I’m dreaming or not!
Mike and Karla