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Photo Friday: His Holy Place

Boat in church in Magdala (Photo: IFCJ)

"The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD?
    Who may stand in his holy place?"
(Psalm 24:1-3)

This photo was taken on The Fellowship's Historic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land this May, at a spot the tour hadn't even planned on seeing, but a stop that touched many of us.

That day, as we made our way toward the Sea of Galilee, a planned visit to Nazareth was canceled because Palestinian rioting forced Israeli security to block entrance into Jesus' hometown. Instead, our intrepid tour guide Reuven took us to the newly uncovered village of Magdala, the very place where Mary Magdalene lived. We were able to watch archaeologists working to fully uncover a 1st-century synagogue - a place where Jesus would have taught and studied - and a fishing village from the same period.

And there, on the Sea of Galilee, we were able to pray in a church overlooking the waters where Jesus and his disciples fished and traveled, in a boat very much like the one seen above.

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