Monday, January 11, 2010

My Three Runs Around Jerusalem

by Steve Ray on January 11, 2010

IMG_6010First Run on First Day:
Arrived at 3:30 AM and got to bed at 7:00 AM Monday. Got up in the afternoon and took a run to get back in the swing of things and acclimated. If I run the first two days it seems like I adjust better and get over jet lag sooner. Anyway, here is the link to my run at EveryTrail.

James Hetzel from joined us here today. I am taking him to Bethlehem tomorrow to check out the purchasing and shipping of olive wood products to the US to help the Christians here in the Holy Land. He and I will run around the walls of Jerusalem before leaving for Bethlehem.

IMG_6013Janet and I also have dinner with a Palestinian Christian family tomorrow for lunch. Our group arrives on Thursday and I am again blessed to show this incredible land to a new group of excited pilgrims. I will be posting daily videos here. Busy times!

Pictures taken with my iPhone (more at EveryTrail): Top: Hassidic Jews walking through Mea Shearim, the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood; Below: One of many Muslim mosques with the lit up minaret where the muezzin calls out the Islamic prayers five times a day — including waking us up at 4 AM.

IMG_6019Second Run with James Hetzel on Tuesday:
James Hetzel is the president of and he came to Israel to join us on our pilgrimage. He came early so I thought he would like a quick running tour of Jerusalem to get him oriented.

We took off Tuesday morning around the Old City walls to give him a preview of what we will see on the pilgrimage. It also gave him an overview of the city so he can walk around on his own later today and tomorrow.

screen-capture-1We ran from the Notre Dame Center where we are staying an around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. It is about 2.6 miles. He decided to stop at the Notre Dame on the way back around.

I decided to go another mile and a half to explore the new outdoor Mamilla Mall.

Great weather, like a nice fall day in Michigan.

You can see the run here on EveryTrail along with more pictures.

Third Run the Other Way Around with Pictures of Each Gate
Here is the link to Wednesday morning’s run heading north around the Muslim area first. Beautiful day, perfect for running. Now we go to Bethlehem to meet friends, take care of some business and to plant an olive tree on a little piece of land I am buying :-)

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What If Your Parents Were Morons?

by Steve Ray on January 11, 2010

On the first day of school, young Lucy took her seat in science class. The teacher began to explain why there was no God and why she was an atheist. The students all listened carefully. At the end of the class the teacher asked how many of the children wanted to be atheists like her.

Classroom.jpgNot wanting to contradict the new teacher all the students raised their hands — except Lucy. The teacher said, “Lucy, why didn’t you raise your hand?” Lucy responded, “Because I am not an atheist and never will be. I am a Christian.”

The teacher was perturbed and said, “Why are you a Christian?” Lucy answered, “My mother is intelligent and she is a Christian; my father is very intelligent and he is a Christian — so I am a Christian too.”

The teacher was angry now and asked, “That is ridiculous. If your mother was a moron and your father was a moron, what would you be then?”

Lucy thought for a moment and then said, “I’d probably be an atheist!”