Saturday, April 11, 2015


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I recently returned from a 12 day trip to the Holy Land.   For me it was an experience that made the Bible come to life.  For me it was a journey where I surely felt the presence of Jesus as I followed in his footsteps.

The Garden of Gethsemane was one place where I felt the presence of Jesus.  It’s a beautiful garden with fruit trees, shrubs, flowers and olive trees.  Botanists claim that some of the olive trees at this garden are actually 3,000 years old.  I took a picture of one of the olive trees in the garden of Gethsemane, not because it is old, but because the bark drew my attention.  One writer’s words express exactly how I feel when I look at this picture.

*Whether or not the olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane can be traced to the first century, their gnarled and weathered trunks remind us of the agony that Jesus experienced when he prayed on this site over two thousand years ago.  To visit Gethsemane is to reflect on the suffering that Jesus endured on our behalf.*

                                                Nancy Newlon

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