July 7, 2011
The gardens in the Holy Land have inspired me. You hear everyone talking about the major shrines but there are these beautiful spots which are very much admired but never really talked about except for the Garden of Gethsemane and the Baha’i Gardens.
The shrines in the Holy Land have beautiful gardens. It made me think that spirituality isn’t just inside a church, it’s also outside. I guess, in a way, it reminds us about balance. For didn’t even Jesus spend time in the garden of Gethsemane to pray and meditate?
One marvels at nature while sitting quietly in the garden. The vibrant colors of the different flowers call you into speaking words of praise – our very own spontaneous whispers of prayer.
This photo taken at Caesarea Maritima isn’t considered as one of the gardens in the holy land but I so loved the sea of yellow wild flowers – and check out that immaculate blue sky! We don’t get such blue skies in the Netherlands so I decided to capture it and bring it home.
After the pilgrimage, I’ve been pretty active in our little garden. I am happy to share that my husband is delighted. I’m still convincing him on getting just one olive tree but he’s reminding me we’ll never get to grow it to the size as the ones at the gardens of Gethsemane.
You’ll get to see the major shrines and the gardens of the Holy Land when you join us on the Classical Gems of Jordan, Israel & Egypt.