Our flight from the US was uneventful including Dr. Parker and Dukes just making the plane at JFK. We were about 30 min late but made it through customs and over to ElDan Car Rental timely and soon were on the road to Neve Elan where we will be the next three nights. We did stop at Latrun (SI) for coffee. The weather is very nice, chilly and clear. We arrived at Neve Ilan about 5:30pm and had supper at 6:30pm. The meal was a Shabbat recognition. There were about 300 people from the local area dining with family. Shabbat is when families generally have the evening meal together.

Neve Ilan is about 20 km from Jerusalem. We are in the general area for Emmaus.

We are tired. Our bedtime isn’t far away.


I love the land of Israel, The Lord does too
Arriving is always a coming home, departure sadness
It is an Eastern Culture, Much different than our own
I’ve read so much about it, That’s why it seems like home

When I am here the Bible is always in my hand, the Lord`s presence near
Thoughts of the Savior, Remembrances of prophets
Breathing Israeli air, Sustenance for my soul
The land of the Bible, Where we see God’s actions took hold

How about today, Is it really that important to visit Israel?
It enhances our understanding, When we see Scripture alive
We see the dust, the rustic browns and stunning blue skies
The Galilee is very special, We see The Lord at work, ministering to great need

Every time I come it is different, New People, an insight birthed anew
The intensity of our pilgrimages, Tends to hold my attention
When I go back home, then I will have time to think thru all the things I saw and heard
Israel is a place that will connect with you, Jesus loves you

Clay 12/28/12