Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Saint Peter

Although I am home, I discovered this blog draft that never was posted.  While at the Sea of Galilee, I stayed at the Casa Nova.  It was a wonderful bed and breakfast run by the staff of St Peter's church.

The small old church there was ornate and gave me a nice place to ponder all that I was seeing and experiencing here in this part of the Holy Land at the Sea of Galilee.

The grounds of the church had a lot of history and symbolism.  Wish I had the knowledge to explain it all to you.  Maybe some of you that are history buffs can help by adding comments.

I took closeups of  the center left and right sides so some of the symbols showed.

Once inside the history lesson continued.  What a blessing it was to refresh my understanding of Saint Peter and his experiences at the Sea of Galilee.

I am not sure of the symbolism on this display between these two stained glass windows or the Key below it.  There was no one to ask at the time of my pondering.  

Although not the original meaning, this key caused me to think about the 800,000 Palestinians who were forced to leave their homes, villages and even country in 1948 when Israel was established.  Many of them still hold the keys to their homes even though the homes were either destroyed, or given to others.

International law gives the right of return to refugees, but Palestinian refugees have been denied that right for the past 65 years.

Pray for a JUST peace in the Middle East based on International Law and Non-Violence