Amazing how much a single picture, a single flower, can speak. This is from Taibeh, the Ephraim of John 11:54, the little town overlooking the Judean desert, to which Jesus retired with his disciples after hearing of Caiaphas' plot to kill him. In my mind, the almond flowers are far more vibrant. They are forever associated with this sleepy peaceful town, even in a Palestine that is far from peaceful, a town that carries somehow the Presence of Jesus after all these years.
Ephraim, Taibeh of the Beer, three years in the Land: so many sights, memories, feelings, people, all shot through with presence and love and a faith that hopes to become ever more firm and fruitful.