"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
It’s a blessing to go to Israel and walk where Jesus walked. It might be your dream to go to the Holy Land. To see it, to feel it, and to be a part of it. We want to help you experience your dream. We want you to experience it as a pilgrim not a tourist!
There will be distractions and challenges. There will be crowds, buses of tourists, vendors and large groups. The normal everyday life will be all around you. So how?
How do you feel like your on a pilgrimage amidst the noise and crowds?
How do you take in the Holy sites in a peaceful and quiet way?
How do you not be stressed out?
You want to "Walk where Jesus walked" - with Jesus!
We want the same for you. We want you to walk with Jesus, to experience the risen Christ in our midst. We don't want you to feel like tourists or to hurry or to feel overloaded in anyway. We want you to just be, be present with Our Lord and to be present on your journey.
Let us make your dream come true. Join us on our beautiful pilgrimage. You will be walking along the countryside from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee, you will be actually walking where Jesus walked. Walking where Jesus did most of His ministry work. You will be sitting under the tree or along the water. You will have quiet time. You will have time to sit with Jesus.
We will come together as a group and have Scripture meditations and prayers to engage our hearts with the Lord. Each morning we will start with prayer.
We will set aside time at the holy sites and through out the pilgrimage to find that quiet spot to pray and reflect. We will share our hearts with one another. Our pilgrimage family will come together and you will make lifetime friends.
Please pray about joining us. We choose to go to the Holy Land and to walk this journey during Lent. Lent is essentially an act of prayer spread out over 40 days. As we pray, we go on a journey, one that hopefully brings us closer to Christ and leaves us changed by the encounter with him.
Walk the Jesus Trail this Lent, let this journey bring you closer to Christ and leave you changed by this beautiful encounter with him!
I have decided to keep a gratitude journal. They are available everywhere now, titled and ready to record your thanks. But any kind of notebook will work. I’m feeling blessed right now. God has given me so many gifts and graces and I find that sometimes, because life gets in the way, I can forget to say a simple “thank you.” And because my needful prayers can sometimes consume me, that “thank you Lord” can easily be left hanging in the air. So, with pen in hand, I will pray my thank you in writing it down.
The other morning sitting in my prayer chair, a book that had been closed for many years, caught my eye. I hesitated (don’t know why) but then picked it up and opened it to the daily reading. The book is called, "Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy" it was written by Sarah Ban Breathnach. My mom gave me this book years ago. I had read it then and it became one of those books to keep. One that you don't want to get rid of because you know whenever you are called to open it, it will speak to you. Well yesterday was that day!
There it was, Gifts of the Magi. It was written with such simplicity and beauty.
She lists seven sets of gifts, saying that the real gifts of Christmas were wrapped in miracles. Here are the miracle gifts that she writes about.
The first gift was of Spirit, the Spirit of the Unconditional Love of God for mankind.
These miraculous gifts are not to be found in malls or on the internet. These are gifts we cannot order online. They are only welcomed and appreciated by an open heart.
And in the spirit of Christmas, we need to share these gifts of little miracles, to family, friends and even to casual acquaintances.
Never forget that we are God’s hands on earth. And never forget that there are many times when God works his miracles through us.
Awesome, isn’t it!
I hope each and everyone one of you has a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May the Lord continue to bless you and your loved ones!
Love and Peace to all,
Mary Maddox/Prayerful Path
"According to an article a few years ago in The Wall Street Journal, the Holy Land is "enjoying an unlikely wave of religion-based tourism even as the Middle East's wars and terrorist attacks scare away most leisure visitors." In 2014, the number of tourists visiting Israel tripled over the previous decade--from about 1.1 million to 3.3 million visitors. 56% of this increase was represented by Christians." ~Peter Economy, The Leadership Guy
I traveled to the Holy Land with a tour company and although it was amazing, I felt like I was being herded around from one spot to the next, on and off the bus. So that is why we have designed a more intimate way to see the Holy Land.
Last summer my son and I walked the Jesus Trail. We met and talked with many of the local businesses and were able to fine tune our Jesus Trail pilgrimage. Fine tune it in such a way that we feel we will be helping our pilgrims and the small businesses along the way, giving back a little to the small guy. We know what it feels like to be the small guy so helping out our fellow small business owners comforts our souls.
We do things differently than large tour companies. We will walk a part of this pilgrimage which will allow you to see the country side and to enjoy the land that Jesus walked. You will be able to interact with those who have lived their lives in this Holy place. Those meetings in themselves were unique and uplifting experiences. I will never forget their kindness and the encouragement.
We also will give our pilgrims time in Jerusalem. Time to explore, time to walk the streets and to experience this beautiful city. Time to find that hole in the wall restaurant that has the best Shawarma. Psst, we have a few places to share with you! We have handpicked all the sites, all the places not to be missed, all the wonder you could want to enhance your journey to the Holy Land. The more nitty gritty details can be found here:
You could go to the Holy Land with a big Tour Company with three buses or with a well- known author in a huge group and I'm sure either way would be amazing. But our pilgrimages will offer you a more intimate experience of the Holy Land. We believe in our small group experiences; time for sharing, time for reflections and time for prayer. In other words, time to make your pilgrimage days a special time with the Lord.
With Prayerful Path you will explore all the nooks and crannies and all the caves and dwellings in the country side. You will sit under a tree in a field watching the horses or cows or the local farmer and enjoying time to rest in the shade. Just like Jesus and his disciples must have done as they walked the countryside.
We will start our Lenten Journey differently this year, we will be in the Holy Land. So if you want some time for reflection, self-examination, repentance and time to deepen your relationship with God, then join us!
March 9-21, 2019
$2599 pp, dbl occupancy *land only
We can arrange all flight arrangements at an additional cost.
Want more information, please email or call us today!
As I sat in my prayer chair this morning, my eyes were drawn to this picture I have hanging on my wall. This work of art has Jesus in the boat with His disciples during the storm. As I looked at this picture, I realized the eyes of the disciples. They have fear in them and they are all looking at Jesus. They are depending on Him. Yet, He is sleeping.
"Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." ~ Matthew 8:23-26
Our life’s journey is similar to the sea of Galilee that night. We can all relate to the disciples. We seem to have a strong faith when all is well, but when we see everything turning against us we fail to keep our eyes on Jesus and start to Panic.
You always hear on TV, if you fall into quicksand "don't panic". Now I hope we never fall into quicksand, but our lives can be just like quicksand. The more aimlessly we move around the more we sink. The more we depend on our own resources the more we sink. So keep your eyes on Jesus. Just like when Peter was walking on the water, when Peter took his eyes off Jesus and saw the waves of the oceans around him he started to sink. Stay focused on Jesus and allow Him to calm your storms.
This then brought me to the song by Hillside United called 'Oceans'. If you know it, then listen again, It is always a good one to hear again and again. If you have never heard it, I hope you enjoy.
You call me out upon the waters The great unknown, where feet may fail And there I find You in the mystery In oceans deep, my faith will stand
"Yes . . . St. Nicholas was known to ride a donkey laden with gifts for children before he graduated to flying reindeer!"
Today, December 6th is the feast day of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children.
St. Nicholas of Myra is a major saint in many European and Eastern countries. Saint Nicholas would spread good will and charity towards the poor.
"It has been told that St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, threw bags of dowry money, either through a window or down a chimney, into the home of an impoverished family to rescue their daughters from being sold into slavery. This was just one of his many acts of good will and charity towards the poor, especially poor children." ~ Gretchen Filz
From this act of kindness, a tradition grew. Children would leave their shoes out overnight in front of the fireplace, on the windowsill, or outside their bedroom door so that St. Nicholas would fill them. He would come and fill the shoes with special fruits, candies and other small gifts.
Let us follow in the steps of St. Nicholas and help someone in need. I am sure each and everyone of you already have ways that you help others but this Advent lets try something new. Here are a few ideas.
Here are a few organizations you might wish to donate to.
A Prayer to Saint Nicholas of MyraO
Good St. Nicholas,
you who are the joy of the children,
put in my heart the spirit of childhood,
which the gospel speaks, and teach me to seed happiness around me.
You, whose feast prepares us for Christmas,
open my faith to the mystery of God made man.
You good bishop and shepherd,
help me to find my place in the Church
and inspire the Church to be faithful to the Gospel.
O good Saint Nicholas, patron of children, sailors and the helpless,
watch over those who pray to Jesus, your Lord and theirs,
as well as over those who humble themselves before you.
Bring us all in reverence to the Holy Child of Bethlehem,
when true joy and peace are found. Amen.
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen