3.01.2010

Jim-Dad Is On His Way

If you've hung around these parts for anytime at all, then you are familiar with this fella.


JIM-DAD

Well, Dear Ole Jim-Dad jetted off on an adventure yesterday.  He packed up his newly purchased cargo pants (because someone told him that that's what true "adventurers" do); laced up his brand spankin' new walking shoes; loaded up his fanny-pack (yes...a fanny pack) with enough batteries for his camera to rival Chernobyl; and boarded a plane.

A plane that is taking him somewhere he's never been before.

A plane that will place my daddy, in his shiny new cargo pants and New Balance tennis shoes, right on the soil where his precious Savior walked a couple of thousand years ago.

Jim-Dad will be walking by the Sea of Galilee touching the same sand that nurtured Jesus' rugged sandals.

He'll meander through the Garden of Gethsemane placing his fingers on the same rocks that supported Jesus' elbows as He prayed.

He'll walk the roads.  Smell the smells.  Taste the tastes.  And breathe the air.

And I know he'll never be the same.

And I'm so completely and ecstatically happy for him.

And just a'might green with envy.

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If you think to do so, please lift a prayer or two up for not only the safety of Jim-Dad and the group he's traveling with, but also for the hearts of the people that they will come in contact with during the weeks they are there.

I covet your prayers for him.  And I know he would, too.

9 comments:

Mich said...

Oh, how I love that guy!

Tiffani said...

oh, how I love that guy, too!!

I am beyond excited for him and just can.not. imagine the feeling of walking those roads.

I am definitely praying for Jim-Dad and Grammy since she's holding down the fort.

Can't wait to hear "Jim-Dad" stories when he gets back!

Carpool Queen said...

My folks went when I was fifteen and left me at home with my brother and grandmother. Not that I'm still bitter about it.

New Every Morning said...

I've never had a desire to go there, but the way you describe it makes me want to pack my bags and hitch a ride.

Praying for Jim-Dad. What a precious man!

Marla Taviano said...

I was JUST going to say that I was a wee bit envious, then you wrote it! HOWEVER, I was also going to say that Jim-Dad has EARNED this precious pilgrimage, and I hope and pray that I will serve my Savior just as faithfully over the next couple decades!

Praying for Jim-Dad and the group!

Kay @ Off the Beaten Path said...

Precious. I know he'll have a super time. I'll certainly say a prayer for him and his traveling buddies. Hooray for them!

Angie said...

So glad Jim-Dad and Paddy were able to make this trip together! I know it will be an experience they'll never forget. (I'm sure the rest of the guys will think that too after spending twelve days with those nuts!!)
Keep us posted with any updates and we'll do the same.
Love!!!

Nina Diane said...

lots of prayers for your Dad and wishing him safe travels. Look forward to reading his adventure.

Gretchen said...

Will pray. But...I also have to repent of my teeny, schmaltzy jealousy. I'd lurve to go. But it's so right that he go there first. So thrilled for him and his group.