My father works as legal counsel for the state of Washington, and he has always wanted me to get a grasp of what his work involves. At a very young age, he taught me the value of relationships and how you can use them to improve the lives of others.
Having a Palestinian background and a much-needed knowledge about the affairs of the country, he was called to attend a hearing about the Middle East peace process. I, being only 15 at that time tagged along because not only was it summer break, but I was bored of being left alone inside the house with all the nannies. All my friends were on vacation as well, so I asked my father if I could accompany him to the hearing.
Our chauffeur drove us to this grand building in the city. It has a Romanesque facade with massive pillars. We had to take several steps before we could get in the building and once inside, I noticed that the place was immaculately clean and a tiny bit intimidating. There were scattered plants here and there which made it a little less austere.
Once inside I came across a young man about my age, and we started to talk about random topics. However, mostly we talked about our school life and the friends we had. It was also surprising to discover that we had a few of the same acquaintances and he even knew a friend of a friend.
The Palestine Affairs Council incidence is something I will never forget because it makes me realize how fortunate my family is to be able to live in a place which allows you to live with all possibilities. Although the topics they discussed were vague to me, and somehow I cannot fully grasp, it also gave me a good idea of what is happening within those specific regions in the world. How the countries involved have a hard time understanding and setting their specific boundaries and how delicate the atmosphere is.
Being observant like my father, one thing I noticed during the Palestine Affairs Council was people and how they acted, what they desired and how they treated each other. It makes me think of how we’re all so much alike and what we long for all across the globe is pretty much the same. I hope life and relationships in the Middle East improve over time. I know it’s been a very long, painful journey and much sorrow has been experienced on both sides of the conflict. I am committed to doing what my father taught me so many years ago and leverage the power of relationship to make whatever difference I can in the lives of the people I come across. I hope you find some inspiration to do the same.
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Palestine is one of the countries that hold some of the most sacred sites to Jews and Christians. For people like me who possess an intense devotion and faith to our religion, it can be one of the best experiences to be able to visit some of the sites which we believe were part of Jesus’ life.
Most Christians know how important it is for their faith to be able to set foot on the land where the Messiah once lived. It can be a great spiritual adventure that I believe everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime.
My wife and I have been retired for a couple of years and wanted to travel to that part of the world. We thought that we wanted to experience all these things because we have already accomplished many things and now it’s time to live a little and get back to our roots. Our kids are all grown up and have their own families except for our youngest son who is still in college. We have always dreamed of visiting the Holy Land.
Although the reports we have gathered from the Palestine Affairs Council were not favorable because of the conflict between Israel, it did not stop us from visiting the place. We were as headstrong as our faith, and we decided to push through with our plans.
My Holy Land experience is probably one of the best because the very first thing you will notice upon stepping out of the plane is the dry temperature of the country. Our tour took us to some of the best religious places including the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. This is one of the basilicas which I have always dreamed of visiting. The complex has an enormous facade of high stone walls, and once you enter, you are greeted with lined pillars and columns.
This religious experience cannot compare to the happiness and fullness you will get from anything else. Everything turned out great from the hotel services down to the tour buses. I can honestly say that this has been a life changing event for my family and myself.
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