Our Chicago office writer who took part in the recent tour of Israel takes us aboard a "Jesus boat" on the lake where Jesus taught and fished:
While our entire tour of the Holy Land was spiritually uplifting and oftentimes joyful, perhaps the most joyous moment wasn't on land at all, but on the Sea of Galilee.
Dozens of us from the tour boarded two boats, which the able seamen manning each then lashed together. A PA system played worship music throughout the cruise, which inspired many aboard. A pastor shared a short message and led a time of prayer. Pictures were taken, and the beautiful natural landscape was admired. The Sea's waters lay peaceful as a mirror. Two tour members' engagement - the proposal had occurred on the Sea of Galilee the night before, and had been planned by Abe, the tour leader from The Fellowship's Jerusalem office - was announced and applauded.
But the most joyous moment, for me at least, came when the boat's deck was cleared of chairs and Abe taught the ship full of Christians a traditional Jewish song. "Hava Nagila," which means "let us rejoice," is sung and danced to at Jewish festivities such as weddings and bar or bat mitzvahs. And that day it was sung and danced to in celebration of God's Creation and the bonds of friendship that were formed over the course of the tour. Hopefully the above video will share just a bit of the joy we all felt while fellowshipping and worshiping on the very waters where our brothers and sisters in faith once did millennia before.