Today I went to the Zoo!   There was a giant ark there, which was pretty much empty inside but it had a great view of the zoo and the surrounding area. We got to ride on a little train too to get around. One of the best parts of the day was that there was this group of preschoolers who all had down syndrome, and it was so sweet to see how excited they got at all of the different animals… even the boring ones. They were really… uplifting… to watch.
It was called a biblical zoo, but that included most of the animals that were on the ark, so maybe that’s what they meant. There were zebras and hippos and rhinos and giraffes and a lion and a red panda and snakes and monkeys and flamingos… As well as, well, you can enjoy the pics:
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The sign said ‘Zoo’… At this point, we need don’t need much justification to take a picture. My friends from Left to Right are: Amanda Fairbanks, Karissa Urry, and Jesse Manscill.
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Prairie Dogs may have just become my favorite animal. They’re just so… quick to observe…
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PENGUINS… IN ISRAEL!
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In 2 Kings 2:23-24, the prophet Elisha has just healed the waters of Jericho and is on his way back home to Mt Carmel. While passing through Beth-el he encounters a number of youth who proceed to mock him and call him names. “Go up, thou bald head” cry the youth. The prophet turns back and looks at the youth. I do not know how much of the event is summarized in that phrase but in the next recorded moment the prophet of God, newly called with the death of Elijah, curses the youth. I’m sure there must have been a great deal more than a glance when he looked back. In any case two she bears walk out of the wood and maul 42 of the children. As we read this gazing at the rare Syrian bear, which no longer exists in Israel but would have been the specie present at that time. It was a small bear, roughly the size of a black bear but with nearly white fur and ears that appeared too large. It stared back at us with a hungry rebellious challenge. I wonder if it knows that aspect of history.
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One is never too old to play on the playground, says I.
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This is the type of fish that Christ told the tax collectors they could find a coin.
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