It's been a long day today. Our first stop was the Mount of Olives where Jesus ascended into heaven. After that we went to the Garden of Gesthsemane. We saw the rock that could be where Jesus wept three times before his trial.
We ended up with a hidden blessing - we were allowed to enter into a section of the garden that did not have public access. Then we split into mini groups and prayed for each other and Israel. It was quite a moving and emotional experience. I was so glad to have some prayer time with my family and my mother and her family. The bonding time was incredible.
When we were in the garden we saw an olive tree that was estimated to be around 2000 years old. I couldn't help but think it could have been a sappling when Jesus prayed, "Not My Will But Thine Be Done." Oh if trees could talk, as my DD Jessica said!
Once we left the garden we walked the Via Dela Rosa path - this is the path that the Catholic Church thinks Jesus carried the cross through old Jerusalem. There we saw hundreds upon hundreds of small shops/vendors. I was amazed at how many young children were selling products for their families.
Next we went to the Upper Room and King David's tomb. Then we shopped a little bit more and headed back to the hotel.
Although this sounds short and sweet - it took around 8 hours. We are bushed! And tomorrow's itenerary is going to be fuller! Wake up call is at 5:30 am! Double Ouch!!!
Luv~N~Hugs to you all!!!
The Mud Queen™