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Lisa Live from the Holy Land - Madaba & Mt Nebo to the Dead Sea


Lisa Garland from the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta is reporting for us live from the Holy Land, as she undertakes the 'Exodus Journey' Pilgrimage.

Led by Rouse Hill's Our Lady of the Angels Parish Priest Fr Warren Edwards, the 20-day biblical pilgrimage from Cairo to Jerusalem is making its way through the desert wilderness of the prophets, culminating in the Holy Land of Jesus.

4 September - Madaba & Mt Nebo to the Dead Sea

Mt Nebo
Mt Nebo.
Our destination for today...the infamous Dead Sea!

I packed my bag this morning (can’t be bothered to pack the night before) and boarded the bus, leaving behind us the beautiful city of Petra. There was a fair bit of travelling to get to the Dead Sea but the trip was broken up by some amazing stops and sites. First stop on the way was the Jordanian Grand Canyon which was a breathtaking view standing on the side of the road.

Following this was the site where St John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded called Mukawir. We sat at a lookout where we could see the site atop the big hill.

Before daily Mass at Mt Nebo we stopped to see a precious 6th Century mosaic map of the Holy Land at St Georges Church, Madaba.

Walking up the gravel covered drive way to the top of Mt Nebo where Moses died, my surroundings were just so serene, so calm and peaceful. It felt like somewhere you could just escape to pray in peace. To be standing at the site where Moses blessed Joshua who was to lead the Israelites under God’s protection made it that much better!

We then travelled to our next hotel to meet up with another 18 pilgrims who would join our group to the Holy Land.

Faith and hope float

Lisa Garland at the Dead Sea
Lisa live from the Dead Sea.

After a long day, we arrived at our hotel located on the shore of the Dead Sea! I’ve heard before that it’s an amazing experience to float in the Dead Sea, but amazing doesn’t even begin to describe it. It really is something to have to experience for yourself. Now when they say “float”, they mean “FLOAT”! It was harder to stand up than it was to float, it was like I was totally weightless, and there was just so much buoyancy in the water.

I love that I have the privilege of saying I’ve floated in the Dead Sea. There really is no experience quite like it.

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