Sunday, October 6, 2013

Come, Join A Pilgrimage in Poetry...


“For the Lord your God is bringing

you into a good land.” Deuteronomy 8:7-9


Israel Pilgrimage—2006


My children, siblings

and friends are quick to say:


What’s so good about it?


Suicide bombers

blow themselves up

in the marketplace

and take as many with them

as possible


Palestinians and Israelis

throw rocks at one another


Bombs fly from Lebanon


Enemies surround

and yearn to shove Israel

into the Mediterranean Sea


Who needs the Middle East?


And yet

this is the land

where the virgin gave birth to Jesus

where Lazarus emerged

alive! from the tomb

where Peter walked on water

and lepers were healed

where my Savior

was crucified, rose

and promises to return


where the roots

of the olive tree

that I’m grafted into

reach down deep

into good soil


It’s a good land—

nourishing me with milk

of the living Word

and sweet honey hope

that thrives

in the center of my being


How can I not love it?


Maude Carolan Pych
I've been posting poems from a series inspired by my three amazing and blessed pilgrimages to Israel...I invite you to come along on a virtual tour...
The above selection is from my third trip to Israel. The year was 2006 and the pilgrimage was led by Pastor/Rabbi Jonathan Cahn of Beth Israel Worship Center, Wayne, NJ. 
A Good Land is included in my chapbook, A Pilgrim's Quest. Ordering information appears at the end of this website.




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