Going back home

Today was our last day so after packing our stuff and eating breakfast most of us gathered in the courtyard one last time for a short service and a reflection while some stayed with the few of us that had gotten sick :(. In the short service some of us prayed for each other:

Dear Lord, on our journey we have experienced many new things. We take these situations with us as memories. The view over Palestine, many different kinds of food, many many churches and arab words. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet new people, old friends and inspiring persons. Thank you for making us meet a crab at tabgha, for calabeese, for pool parties and for floating on the dead sea. Please take care of each and everyone of us. Take everyone back safely and hold your caring hand above all of us. Amen

Dear god I ask of you to grace upon Miria with comfort of heart and prosperity of soul. I ask you to ease down her difficulties and always keep a smile on her face. Dear God in life the new friends we make are the grace of today and the future to that tomorrow holds. With them we grow into being the leaders of the next generation. Miria, to a generous heart a pure smile and a precious soul I pray today, I pray for god to keep you in good health with the hope to sometime seeing you again. Amen

Dear God, may the sun always be on your face and the water above your head. May you be sure on all decisions you have the possibility to take and may your feet be free in their way – so you can go to take all chances! May the melodies of music keep your smile and positive mind always up and may your voice always find the space to raise when you think it´s time for it. May you have the calm and peace to look back and recognize traces of improvement.

If I rise on the wing of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139

And until we meet again may god hold you in the palm of his hand.

Over the last 12 day we learned a lot about each other and ourselves. Those experiences and memories will stay with us forever. We will always remember our new friends. In life there are a lot of ups and downs. We shared a lot of them. We laughed and danced and sometimes we cried and fought. The most important thing is that we did it together. Dear god we want to thank you for all of this.

Afterwards we had lunch and an emotional goodbye and the the bus arrived and we had to leave.