My parents just got back from a trip to Israel, which was the first time they’ve been able to enjoy the Holy Lands. There are two places on the planet that I had been that my dad hadn’t: Israel and Alaska. I just lost one of them, and am somewhat in mourning. The mourning though is overwhelmed by my excitement for them–I LOVE Israel. It’s an incredible place full of history and spirituality and baklava and shawarma and falafel. The best souvenir I’ve ever received is a falafel press from a sweet, Arabic, Christian grandmother in Nazareth. I had mentioned wanting to try to make falafel at home and she gave it to me straight out of her kitchen. That sums up the Israeli experience: they give and they love.

Of the many cool experiences my parents had in Israel, I was extremely jealous of two of them. They experienced the Sabbath in Jerusalem (they were warned to not take the Sabbath elevator in their hotel–it stops at every floor!), and they walked through a crowd of people on Thursday that were celebrating Bat and Bar Mitzvahs. They said that, without fail, every single family invited them to join them, have a meal, and celebrate with them. I smiled because it lined up with my memories perfectly, and it lines up with the Biblical account of hospitality and love. Standing in Jerusalem while visions of Abraham and his angels, Mary and Martha, and Elisha and the Shunammite woman danced in my head…it’s a humbling and convicting experience.

God calls us in Romans 12:13 to practice hospitality. So here is my final request of the school year: be hospitable. Go to a park this summer and have a picnic, but share with those who walk by you. Go old school with a lemonade stand on a hot day. Provide chilled bottled water to your utilities crews as they pick up trash or check water meters. Show strangers the love of Christ, and be a living testimony to His glory!

Thank you all for a great year, and have a blessed summer!

Jason Henderson
Secondary Principal
Logos Preparatory Academy

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