Updated: May 6, 2020
In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo says, "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."
But what if you were born on that road?
Wanderlust has a powerful pull, and as a child, my parents' unique professions shuffled me to a new location nearly every week. When I became an adult, I also chose a nomadic lifestyle with one exception.
When I was 14 years old, I visited the Holy Land (modern Israel/Palestine) and the Holy City, Jerusalem, for the first time. During that trip, something inside me ignited-the desires to stay and learn more. I've found that the more I've traveled the world (50+ countries so far), the more consistently I have been pulled back to the land of the Bible.
In my 20s, Jerusalem was the home I chose and became part of who I was wanted to be. Now, in my 30s, Jerusalem has morphed from lover to companion, and from my identity to a mystery. The lands of the Bible are as St. Jerome said, a fifth gospel, both teacher and illuminator. Studying has gifted me time to think about the land of the Bible. It has given me time to think about its relationship to the Biblical text, and the people of that text, as well as its connection to human history. The longer I journey through the lands of the Bible, the more I know that no matter what, Jerusalem will always be home.
This blog is a forum to talk about the things I have learned over the past 23 years and share it with you!
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