Monday, October 18, 2010
Okay, let's see if I can adequately describe the wonderful weekend I had....
Saturday my roommate and I drove to the Austin area. We got to the Round Rock city limit at 1pm and it took us almost 45 minutes to get to Kay's (former roommate) house. She lives IN Round Rock. Traffic in Round Rock is unbelievable. So, after we dropped off our bags and said hello to Kay and the animals (she owns Zanna the dog I love), we went to Austin to meet a friend for lunch. I had thought she told me to meet her inside HEB where we both used to work. So, I wandered about for about 30 minutes saying hello to a lot of former co-workers/friends until I found out that the one I was supposed to meet was waiting for me in the parking lot! So, we went to Reale's which is a favorite Italian restaurant--homestyle, not a chain. It was great to see her and meet her new baby boy! On the plus side, although I ordered a high fat meal, I ate the salad first and only ate a small portion of the meal.
Then we went back to Kay's house. She wanted to go out to dinner, but she's so incredibly busy taking care of everything--she has 9 animals!--that we didn't go to dinner until almost 8pm. I didn't want to eat much, but she chose a restaurant that serves, heavy, expensive meals. I ordered an appetizer for my meal and ate half of it.
Sunday morning was great! Went to church and got lots of warm hugs and smiles. The service was really good with special guests--a Messianic Jewish family that performed for us.
I was supposed to meet another friend for lunch, but she didn't respond to my call, so I went with the church to Cheddar's. While there my friend called and I met her at her house after lunch. (At Cheddar's I ordered a mushroom burger without fries and ate half of it.) Then, I visited with my friend (another 30 minute drive each way) until 3:30pm and just barely made it back to the church in time for the meeting about Israel.
Our trip is going to be SO amazing!
The price paid is covering the airfare, breakfast and dinner each day, first class hotels, first class motorcoaches, tour guides who have 15 years of experience taking pastors to Israel so they know all of the details of all the sites, all tips, taxes, etc. The only thing it does not cover is lunch each day (apparently $25 per day for lunch, any airline fuel charge, and extras we want to buy).
So, at each stop when the tour guide finishes his talk, we're going to have a bible study.
My pastor says that he's been learning what it is to be a Christian Zionist. This trip is not a vacation nor a missions trip, it's a pilgrimage to return the land of our faith's beginnings. His verse for this trip is Isaiah 2:3-4
And many peoples will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
That He may teach us concerning His ways
And that we may walk in His paths."
For the law will go forth from Zion
And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And He will judge between the nations,
And will render decisions for many peoples;
And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
And never again will they learn war.
There's more to say regarding this weekend, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.