We had a very long day that included the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the site where Jesus was born, then to Jerusalem to see the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (where Jesus was crucified and resurrected), the Church of all nations (built on the rock upon which Jesus prayed his last night), the Wailing or Western wall, and the overview of the city.
It's a lot to cram into one day, with many crowds and lines and confusing jumble of history, religions and cultures.
We were fascinating by the long drive, admiring the ingenious agriculture throughout the largely arid country. We hadn't realized that Bethlehem was contained within the Palestinian zone, which means it's partitioned off by barbed wire and walls and guarded at checkpoints by soldiers with serious guns. What would our Lord have thought of that?
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