From Palestine

January 13, 2017 1:22 PM | Anonymous

We have not been able to write the way we hoped. The truth is a terrible virus has infected the group and literally 75% of us have been doubled-over with stomach flu. Thankfully it's a short-lived setback, but it has hampered our ability to stay up late praying or writing.

We left Nazareth this morning and went south into the heart of the West Bank, we stopped in Taybeh, the only 100% Christian village in all of Palestine. We're staying at a family-run hotel nearby the family-run brewery and winery. The Khourys have Boston roots!

Mark Kowalewski, the dean of the cathedral in Los Angeles, wrote this to his congregation, and I wanted to share it; it captures well my own sense of connection with all of you at Epiphany. Pray for peace. Thomas.

Yesterday morning I watched the sun rise over the judean desert- the place where Jesus spent 40 days in fact I g and prayer before he began his ministry. Today we are off to the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. 

As I go to these holy sites know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. As I continue on this pilgrimage and seeing the places where the events we read about in the scriptures happened I'm gaining new insight into our Lord's life. I invite you today to find a place of silence in your heart and enter your own pilgrimage inviting the Lord to show you New possibilities.


  • January 14, 2017 9:45 AM | Anonymous
    What a bummer the flu is! We are all praying back home for your speedy recovery.
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