This is the scene that greeted us early on day two. We left our hotel and drove to where a boat met us to take us across the sea of Galilee. It was beautiful and, surprisingly, moving. The stories began to come to live in my mind and my eyes were transfixed upon the water.
I am also lucky enough to be experiencing this with my best friend and the love of my life, which makes the scenery all-the-better 🙂
We got off the boat and went to a site that was my favorite church, so far: the Church of the Beatitudes. This is thought to be the site of the sermon on the mount where Jesus proclaimed the beatitudes. It is celebrated that, on this hill, Jesus fed the multitudes.
The highlight of the day, though was Capernaum. Something happened to me as a stood over this ancient town. I think I felt closer to God in that moment as I considered a God that would choose a home and live among his friends.
“When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them”. -Mark 2:1-2 (nrsv)
Jesus was born in Bethlehem & his family was from Nazareth but capernaum was the place he chose as home…the place at the center of his ministry.
After Capernaum, we went to the River Jordan and had a renewal of our baptismal vows where we could touch the water.