Where Jesus Walked – Reflections from the Holy Land

by Susan Stilwell


I’m currently with my dad in Palestine helping lead a youth sports camp for FCA. I’ve visited Israel several times before, but this is my first extended stay in Bethlehem.

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Church of the Nativity

Our hosts are some of the most gracious people I’ve ever met. Hospitality is a big deal in Middle Eastern culture, and I’m learning much about loving and caring for guests. It’s a ministry Jesus didn’t take for granted as He walked these hills and valleys.

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Sea of Galilee from the Mount of the Beatitudes

There’s nothing on earth like walking where Jesus walked.

But think about this for a minute: because we have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit – the third Person of the Trinity – Jesus walks everywhere we walk.

Jesus walks with you in your home. In the grocery store. In your office.

When we live a life surrendered to Him and we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, we can

  • speak His words to someone who needs to be encouraged or warned.
  • be His hands as we feed the hungry and care for the sick (especially those under our roof).
  • radiate His glory to the world around us.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a problem like Moses had? When he came down from spending time with God on Mt Sinai, he had to wear a veil because the glow from his face frightened the Israelites!

It’s a great reminder to spend time with God each morning so I can have a radiant countenance throughout the day.

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Mentally reflecting on His greatness not only keeps me sane in the busyness of each day, but also gives me a joyful countenance that reflects Him to those around me.

Father, I sometimes forget that my countenance is the first thing people notice. Keep me mindful of that so Jesus’ love can shine through me to everyone I meet.

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Susan Stilwell is a wife to Steve, mom to Scott and Sarah. After that, she writes, teaches, blogs and speaks. If you want to see her get really excited, ask her about her travels to Israel! One of Susan’s favorite things to do is to chat over coffee. And don’t forget your smartphone and laptop — this former programmer is full of helpful hints! You can connect with Susan on her websiteTwitterFacebook, Instagram, or Google+

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