Wow, good morning, blog world. I’ve been home from Paris & Israel for about a week now, trying to process everything my eyes saw! People keep asking me about my favorite part of Israel. Hard to say.
Prior to going, Israel was a far off place to me. Aside from the words “Bible” and “war” coming to mind, Israel was kind of an afterthought, admittedly.
After a good ten days in that beautiful country, I can passionately say that everyone needs to visit the Holy Land. Even if you’re not religious. And here’s a couple reasons why.
First: learning that Israel is ALIVE and well. A throbbing country full of commerce, democracy, entrepreneurship, innovation, amazing food, perseverance, resiliency, a little arrogance, and rich history, Israel is booming. After touring Israel, my Bible reading has been transformed. Every time I open it, old or new testament, things really click in a way they never before have.
Second: I enjoyed making sense of the aftermath of those events in my Bible… the conflict that’s sprung from a piece of soil the size of New Jersey. I feel like in America, we’re born into the world where it’s the norm: the middle east has problems. But none of us really know exactly why or how. By visiting Israel (and Palestine), and having real talk with locals, I feel like I’ve gained a decent foundation and empathy.
Lastly: the sunrises! And adventurous couples who share them with me, such as Lisha & Slater. :-)
These two sweet souls are celebrating nearly a decade together. They’re inquisitive, kind & tender with one another, and have a thirst for adventure and seeing new places. We met up for the most vibrant sunrise that came up over the walled city of Old Jerusalem. While it was a little chilly, these two made the most of it as the cuddled, laughed, and savored the views.
Slater & Lisha, I am so grateful for the opportunity to share this little slice of your story with you. Thank you for letting me be the one to photograph you! Looking forward to watching your adventures unfold as you continue to do life together.
With love, joy, and shalom,