Early morning in Jerusalem, Israel

Deuteronomy 11:11 the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven,

As I was taking my morning walk, this view caught my eye as so many things do which I had to photograph. I was only about a seven or eight minute walk from where I live and this is a view of the area I live in, not bad for a city dweller. I live in an apartment building with about twenty apartments. I am the third from the top with only ten steps up from the entrance. God has surely blessed us here.

As I was walking, I realized yet again as I have so many times in the past that Israel is a land of hills and valleys, very little level ground. There was another thought that entered my mind as I was walking up a particularly steep incline, ‘Come on Sherwood, your only eighty.’ I wonder if the Lord was trying to tell me I have a long ways to go yet!

Israel and Jerusalem in particular are not easy places to live but the effort is well worth it. I am so very glad that the Lord has caused me to live here. It was such an easy statement from Him when He told me thirty-one years ago, “Go to Israel, tell you what to do when you get there.” I am so glad I obeyed His voice. He cares about every one of us whether we know Him or not but as someone posted this morning, ‘Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy, hell has open borders, let that sink in.’ I guess that is enough for today, Blessings to all.

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“On the Merry-go-round”


Psalm 150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

As I live in this wonderful God ordained country, I am constantly aware of the awesome privilege I have to live here. My present dwelling place within this city is between the hustle and bustle of the downtown area and the absolute quietness of the country. It is a quiet suburb I guess you could call it. Because I am a temporary resident, there are certain things that must be maintained in order to live life as a continuous flow. Those uncertain things sometimes get out of order and then it feels like I am on a merry-go-round. That is what this photo reminded me of as I was out for my morning jaunt through the neighborhood. There seems to always be something that doesn’t quite fit into the scheme of things to keep this life in constant near chaos. I would not change a thing for this wonderful experience of living in the city of the Great King.
Thank you Lord.

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“25 April 2018”

Todays Walk

Psalm 116:9 I will walk before the Lord In the land of the living.

Just a kind of quickie today as this thought came to me as I was on the way home after a one hour walk today. The beginning and middle of this walk was quite pleasant and not really very far from where we live in North Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel. It looked like it might rain so I decided that today, I would not stray far. When I came to the end of this delightful journey, there were quite a few steps that I had to go up, in fact there were 110 steps and I had to carry 215 pounds up all those stairs but I made it and arrived home safely. I sat down with a cup of coffee and promptly fell asleep. After the short nap, ten minutes, I decided to share today’s experience.
(The 215 pound load I had to carry up those steps was me, thus the reason for the walking.)

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