i am a pilgrim. that statement is true for me in many ways, of course, but never quite so literally as today. today i am not just on the journey of life or faith, but i am much more specifically on a journey towards jerusalem. i will drive to an airport, get on a huge jet and fly to london. there i get on a different plane and we fly to tel aviv. then we get on a bus and ride to the ancient city where we will be staying for the week. it's a far cry from walking or riding a colt, but it's still a pilgrimage, albeit a modern one. as i have prepared for and grown in excitement about this trip to the holy land, i have been drawn to the psalms of ascent in the hebrew bible. psalms 120-134 are called the 'psalms of degrees' or the 'psalms of ascent.' scholars disagree a bit about why these are called psalms of ascent, but there is agreement that they were songs that would have been song on the approach to jerusalem, and more specifically, to the temple (th
a collection of words about God and life and art and baseball and football and hope and my family and my ministry and music and the immense joy in each moment of all of it. it's a record of being human. welcome.