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People are talking about The Museum of the Bible

The Museum of the Bible is a great thing to talk about, especially after you’ve been there.   I have been hearing and reading about this new museum in the heart of Washington D.C., so I decided it was something I had to see.   Five of us started the trip down Rt 15 to Shady Grove where we caught the metro into Federal South West.  It was a cold and windy day, but at 9 AM the metro was not crowded and the ride was pleasant.  Coming up out of the hole in the ground we were greeting by signs that said Bible Museum this way. It was a left turn out of the metro. However, we opted a right turn first because it was lunch time and right beside the metro is a handy little sandwich shop called The Potbelly. Much like Subway it served up some good sandwiches that for the most part you crafted, but the door was always swinging open and the cold air coming in did not do much for a relaxing lunch.  In fact “heat” as in warmth was not on the menu.

After lunch a short walk to the left found you at the entrance to the museum.  First of all you will notice there are a lot of friendly employees around that will direct and answer any questions you may have.  They will also engage you in conversation if that is your desire.  Another ‘right off the bat’ notice is that the place is beautiful.  The stairways are wide, easy to navigate and very eye appealing.

Floors 4 and 5 are mostly ancient biblical history.  Many nice exhibits, however the larger screen videos which very cleverly told of some of the discoveries and visited some historic sites were really appealing to me.

Depending on your interest, you will want to spend most of your time on the second and third floors.  This is where my camera came out. We all enjoyed the walk through a Nazareth village.  Here is a scene of a wine making process.

Then there is an interactive stop where you sit around the table and hear of the foods that were eaten in the time period of Jesus, and other scenes of daily living.

  

The walk through the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are very well done, and tells the story of the Bible in a “special effects” kind of a way you have never experienced before.

The second floor offers the impact the Bible has had on World and American History.

There is Martin Luther, and scientists.

There is a large screen video of movies that use Bible Verses to make a point and a display of familiar verses and sayings, in different languages.

This beautiful original painting of George Washington is on loan and is guarded through out the day.  We had a wonderful conversation with the very pleasant lady who had the job of standing in front of the picture for 8 hours.  I wondered who might be able to yank it off the wall, put it over his shoulders and try to walk out with it. Seems almost funny to think about, it’s so large and obviously heavy.  The detail is amazing and the picture is certainly worth the care it gets here at the museum.

We spent about 5 hours viewing many displays, and not having the time to engage in the numerous interactive sites, on 4 floors. There is much more to see and we have already planned a return trip. The museum asks only a donation and there are a number of displays that will change and new ones added.

The last thing we did was almost the best to my way of thinking.  It is called The Washington Revelations and it is a virtual flight over the nations capitol city to have a look at Bible verses on and in buildings and monuments in this beautiful city.  The 8 minute “flight” costs 8 dollars and is truly worth the unique experience.

I close with this picture of Christ and an invitation for you to “join the conversation”especially after you visit The Museum of the Bible and share your thoughts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I should have been a cowgirl, not!

Here’s my post on looking back for a laugh at where I’ve been and oh….. the things we did.

A Wish Called Wanda

Interacting with animals is one of our favorite things to do on a trip. When I’m away I am up for whatever is going down, a horseback ride in Turkey, an elephant ride in Zimbabwe or a camel ride in Australia, I’m there.
Who wouldn’t want to take a horseback ride through the farmlands of Turkey on gentle Sultan who was very tolerant of his inexperienced rider. As we were going down a steep rocky bank, I just hung on, closed my eyes and let the horse do his job.

Even though I look as comfortable here in the saddle as Dale Evans, (ah hem) the riding wasn’t the problem. It was the mounting that I recall. The first try to hoist myself to the horse’s back ended in sad defeat. The second try was not much better, and I pulled the saddle off to the side. I glanced quickly…

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It’s time for the New Year

Happy New Year everyone!! On a cold New Year’s eve I watched six different fireworks displays from my warm sun room window at midnight.  It’s the advantage of living at the top of the hill.  True, the colorful great balls of fire were distant, but the displays and the landscape were brilliant in the light of the super moon on the new fallen snow.

So today begins 2018, a blank page.  What will you do with your time? Over the past years Dick and I have been privileged to go on mission trips where we could help, teach, serve and work with people in different places and settings than we were used to. These experiences helped us to appreciate the times we have had to love, and share what God has given us. These were times that are very special to us.

 

Several years ago I wrote a short poem about time.  I called it A Time Piece, I would like to share it with you now. I hope it gives you pause to think about time and what you do with it.

“Once upon a time there was plenty of time for quiet time, play time, nap time, chow time, big time and party time. These were the times of our lives. They were precious times with lots of family time, church time, school time, lunch time and long leisurely dinner times.

Ah…………those were the best of times. Do you remember the good ole summertime, and the fun of winter time? In the springtime there was apple blossom time. There were good times anytime, always had some time even if I wasted time.

Suddenly times changed! Someone said now is the time, a stitch in time, one day at a time, and time is money!  So now I’m doing time…..full time, part time, overtime, all the time, for double time, but in the end there’s no time, anytime, daytime or nighttime.  Boss says your time is my time, make time, don’t take time and even if the computers on down time, there is no pay for comp time!

So where does time go?  Time rushes on, funny how time slips away, time and time again. Time marches on and time flies when you’re having fun, time after time.  Where has time gone?  Well it’s been past time for a long time. Can we turn back the hands of time to old times?  We try to save time and still we can’t find time, feel like I’m livin’ on borrowed time. Till one day you’re out of time, then you cry…..just give me a little time and I’ll take time to smell the roses.  

We know we have a short time, so there’s no time like the present to make up for lost time and take time for God.  It could be just in time, because, there comes a time when time shall be no more.”

By Wanda Gallimore 

From Ecclesiastes we have these selected verses about time “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven……..He has made everything beautiful in it’s time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts and no one can fathom all that God does from the beginning to the end.  Whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added and nothing can be taken away. Because of this men should stand in awe before Him. God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every purpose and every work.”

Many of our travels revolved around mission trips that had a good purpose, and work……. but also we were given time to enjoy the culture, and the beauty of different places.  There is also time given to laugh, and as I look back on the times of the blog I am going to repost and share with you, I hope you will laugh with me as we look forward to the New Year.

 

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