It's such a blessing to have two Sabbaths in a row, two special days set apart by God so we can worship Him and not forget the freedom He has given us. Freedom from death and freedom to go and live a life in service to our God.
“‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation
One unanticipated complication on our trip was the fact that a lot of places close down on the Sabbath and even more so on Holy Days. Tel Aviv is an increasing exception to this general rule and there is often something open. Some place to find a meal or a way to still get from one place to another.
The three drivers of the three cars headed to the airport to return our rentals on Thursday afternoon
We arrived to our temporary home, prepared a fantastic meal together, ate, talked, recuperated, and rested. Our mornings were quiet and peaceful, spending time in our rooms or in the lounge on more comfortable chairs, trying to avoid being hit by the small children who thoroughly enjoyed their Sabbath "rest."
For next two days we held services with only those of us left. No guests could come this time so Steven and I shared prayer, song leading, and speaking duties. We fellowshipped as much as possible in anticipation of everyone leaving. Slowly they went. The first wave early Saturday evening before the hostel hosted a loud Mimouna party. This is a celebration at the end of the Passover season when it's OK to eat leaven again. A Moroccan Jewish celebration widely practiced by many in Israel, especially in a place like Tel Aviv. We skipped the party, opting instead to run for pizza. I say run because Steven and I actually ran (well, alright, it was a very brisk walk) to a pizza place and came back with piping hot boxes in our hands. By this time there were only eight of us left. Soon there were six as Amy and Jen left not long after dinner.
Steven and Danielle headed off to their apartment across town and we said goodbye to Alyssa very early the next morning. Only Bri was left from the adventurous group who excitedly joined us on this adventure, and she wasn't leaving till Monday morning.
It's always sad to see friends go, but we cherish the chance we had to get to know them all.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District, Israel