Initial reflections upon return from our pastor’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Jan 15, 2012

I am grateful to be back with our children and am looking forward to worshipping and leading worship today with my home congregation Lloyd Presbyterian Church. After Tom and I get organized, we will present our pictures and some of our experiences and learnings.
For now, I am basking in the beauty of such delightful memories and deepening of faith. To experience in a fresh way the presence of Christ in his hometowns and place of crucifixtion and resurrection just brings tears to my eyes. I am envisioning the sea of Galilee, Golgotha and the Garden tomb. It is a deeper dimension of my relationship with Jesus Christ and it was such a blessing to share this with my husband and old and new friends.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. If it were my time, I ‘d be ready for heaven now. Thanks to the WFU divinity school for the structural support and for allowing non enrolled students to participate. I am sure this pilgrimage will impact me, my family and congregation for many years to come. It is nice to have gifts around as reminders that we were actually in the Holy Land. We will continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. the reconciling of all peoples and religions and try to act as directed.

Rev, Laura Spangler

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