Our bus then took us to Jericho, a place in existence for 10,000 years and the place where Herod the Great died. 20,000 people live there today with Christians representing only .5% of the population. We stopped along the way at a large sycamore tree which connects to the Zacchaeus story (Luke 19:1-10). We looked up to the Mount of Temptation where there is an active monastery. Abraham would have walked in the land of Jericho. Another delightful Palestinian lunch nourished us for the bus ride home where we had a little free time before the college's cook gave us a lesson in Palestinian cooking. He taught us with the dinner we enjoyed this evening. We saw a provocative TED talk by William Ury entitled "The Walk from 'No' to 'Yes.'" It was about an Abraham Path that is currently underway and still being refined.
Abraham's journey continues today in so many ways with hope and possibility and peace yet to come. It's hard to absorb the complexities and to know how to make a difference. I believe we can find a way through relationship building and trust in one another.