The River Jordan, Israel

Mary and I arrived at this baptismal site on the Jordan River in the Galilee on January 6th, a day before the public holiday of Christmas as celebrated by many Eastern Orthodox Christians, including those from Serbia, Russia and the Ukraine. The result was a good many more tourists than ordinarily expected.

Our visit here heightened our ecumenical sensibilities.  The site is run by a Kibbutz, a Jewish collective formerly based on agriculture but now on more profitable ventures, some technological. It maintains a bathhouse that may be used to change into white robes more appropriate to a re-enactment of baptism than one’s ordinary dress.  Mary and I declined the bathhouse and, as you can see, instead israel 594israel 602israel 604israel 607instead dipped our hands into the water.

 

One thought on “The River Jordan, Israel

  1. Thanks so much for these reflections…. I remember not wanting to “test the angels” by getting into that deeply green/gold water! I imagine you’re both touched by the air He breathed and the mountains He looked on—-as well as some of the beautiful tributes that people have built at maybe-this-is-where-it-happened sites. I loved being in the Holy Land—and felt the holiness of all the people of every stripe—all *chosen* though so many of us don’t recognize it. God bless, Dennis

    On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 11:50 AM Ron Wendling’s Blog wrote:

    > ronwendlingoutlookcom posted: “Mary and I arrived at this baptismal site > on the Jordan River in the Galilee on January 6th, a day before the public > holiday of Christmas as celebrated by many Eastern Orthodox Christians, > including those from Serbia, Russia and the Ukraine. The result wa” >

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