Sea of Galilee: Tabga, Capernaum and the waters

Trip Start Jun 29, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2009

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Flag of Israel  , Northern District,
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

There were a couple of spots we wanted to see around the Sea of Galilee. Because we had our own transportation we were able to see them, otherwise we probably won't have been able to because there is very little public transportation in the northern parts (because its not populated in those parts). First we went to Tabga where Jesus preformed a miracle by multiplying fish and loafs of bread. There is a church there to commemorate this event and some very beautiful mosaics on the church floor, one that has a picture of bread and 2 fish on either side. Then we went for a little dip in the water- it was nice and refreshing. Then we went to the church at Capernaum. This was a spot on a hill overlooking Galilee, where Jesus made his big speech; the Beatitudes, for example "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven". A version of the Beatitudes I like comes from The Message:

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the one most dear to you.

You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are- no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

You’re blessed when you get your inside world- your mind and heart- put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are and your place in God’s family.

You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.”
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