While the delegation from the National Baptist Convention of America was in Israel recently on their Fellowship-sponsored trip, they enjoyed a Shabbat (Sabbath) meal hosted by Fellowship writer Yonit Rothchild. Here, she shares her perspective on that gathering.
This past weekend, my family and I had the honor of hosting a group of pastors from the National Baptist Convention of America for a Sabbath meal in Jerusalem on behalf of The Fellowship.
After sharing the customs and traditions that we observe every Friday night, we went around the room and gave the pastors a chance to share what had touched them the most that week. Each individual spoke about another aspect of Israel, but there was one common thread — almost everyone acknowledged that this trip had opened their eyes to the fact that the things that unite us as Christians and Jews are far greater than those that divide us.
There was a feeling of camaraderie in the room as we realized that we aren’t that different after all. When my turn came to speak I couldn’t help but think of Psalm 133: “Behold how good and how pleasant it is when brethren dwell together.” As we sang and danced together, I could feel God smiling down on us as we joined together in unity and love for His glory.
(pictured above: Yonit, far left, facing the camera; her husband, far right, explaining the customs of Shabbat; and members of the NBCA delegation)