The Sea of Galilee was the star of the show in the north but there were a few other really awesome places that we visited as well!
First, let's start with the Kibbutz village:) Our wonderful couch surfing hosts have family members that live in a nearby Kibbutz. I didn't know what that was until they explained it to me. Basically, a Kibbutz is a collective community that lives a communal lifestyle. Everyone works for the common good, no one has a paycheck, and all of the members needs are taken care of by each others hard work. We had a ton of questions and learned so many interesting things about the Kibbutz life. They offered to take us on a tour to see how it works and we, of course, said yes! We joined them for breakfast and then walked around to see what a normal day is like there. We were amazed. All of their systems are very well thought out and the community seems like a very happy place to be. I think my favorite part was our visit to the farming section:) We saw so many cows!! A baby calf even sucked on my finger! I was in heaven.
We also took a drive to Mount Tabor. Mount Tabor is near Nazareth and is gorgeous! It definitely would've been part of Jesus' view from his hometown growing up. It's very tall and is often used as a base for paragliding today. Mount Tabor is also where "The Transfiguration" is believed to have happened. (Matthew 17:1-9). We sat under the trees and read.
Nazareth from the top of Tabor.
We also made a stop in Cana. Cana is where Jesus performed His first public miracle in turning water in to wine at a friends wedding. (John 2:1-11). We tried some Cana wine and were shocked at how sweet it was! I love that His first miracle was sort of unplanned and hidden. He did it simply because His mother asked Him and to make His friends happy. I love that we can come to Jesus with seemingly ordinary things and He cares all the same.
An old water jar from about the same time.
You can renew your vows at the church. We had to at least get a kissing shot!
The old church from Jesus time that the current one was built on top of.
We also stopped at the Jordan River and watched people get baptized! The Jordan River felt like the jungle cruise at Disneyland. There were all kinds of wild life and it
was really pretty. Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River! (Luke 3:21-22). I love the part where after He is baptized, God's audible voice was heard from the heavens saying "You are My beloved son; in You I am well pleased". You get to see the Father side of God in that verse. He had a moment of pure pride in His son and He exploded with joy. I love it!
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