Thursday, November 18, 2010
Something about having a new puppy makes it very, very difficult to blog.
We did manage to lock him in his crate and escape to Mt. Nebo for a few hours. You might remember Mt. Nebo from your Bible stories - that's the mountain that God led Moses to in order to give Moses a view of the Promised Land. Christians and Jews believe Moses died on that mountain without ever reaching the Promised Land.
On a clear day, you can see Jerusalem. But of course it wasn't clear the day we went. All the same, it was kind of cool to stand up on that mountain and just gaze down at the brown hills below.
Here the kids are standing in front of the Abu Badd, a rock that was used as a reinforced door at a nearby Byzantine monastery.
What Moses saw:
Here's an old mosaic floor, roped off and roofed in to protect it from the elements and the tourists.
Our daughter might be the first person to walk on it in hundreds of years. Bart had to jump the rope line and haul her away.
I love this map. It shows the distance and direction to places like Bethlehem and Jericho.
When we first arrived at Mt. Nebo, we saw this Franciscan monk speaking with a construction worker. I was trying to explain to Shay what, exactly, a Franciscan monk is. Awhile later, Kyra asked me, "mom, was that God talking to the worker?" Apparently she understood our talk about this being holy ground, where God and Moses communicated, but she took it one step further. She thought the monk was God himself. And I have to admit: if I were casting someone in the role of God, I might well choose this monk. He had that wise and kind look about him.
On our way home, we got briefly lost in the nearby town of Madaba. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to explore - that puppy was back home, waiting patiently in his crate. But we'll be back.