Walk About Zion

"Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation. For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end." Psalm 48:12-14

Have you heard the phrase, "my dogs are barkin'"? I'm told it means "my feet are hurting." I have no idea what hurting feet have to do with dogs barking. Odd American saying when you think about it...

Tonight my dogs are barking. But, it's a good bark, as far as barks go. After church this morning and lunch, John and I decided to walk around the Old City of Jerusalem. Actually, it kind of just happened that way. We ventured out the visit the Garden Tomb and Skull Hill, starting at Jaffa Gate. But by the time we actually found it (yeah, we did get a bit lost getting there), we discovered it was closed. Bummer. By that time, we realized we were by the Damascus Gate. Since we weren't too far from the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane, we decided to keep hoofing it and visit my favorite place in Jerusalem. It was not a disappointment. In fact, this time, we made it all the way to the top of the Mount of Olives. Half way back down the Mount of Olives, we met a nice Palestinian man who gave me a bottle of olive oil and took our photo with the East Gate and Dome of the Rock in the background. He told us all kinds of great stories about living in America, and then moving back to Mount of Olives (where he lived) and meeting famous people like Richard Gere and Benny Hinn. By the time we got to the bottom, we decided to forgo taking a taxi back to Jaffa Gate, thinking it was only about a 20 minute walk. Well, the 20 minute walk turned into 50 minutes. We had already been walking about 4 hours by then. Although it was a challenge, I'll tell you it beats going to the gym back home for a work out!

Interestingly, after we returned to our room to collapse, elevate our feet and cool down, John found the passage in Psalm 48:12-14. Wow! We had just done what the Psalmist had said to do. We had walked around Zion, full circle around the Old City! Hallelujah!