Staff in Hand

“To travel once more to the Holy Land.

Walking the dirt;

Staff in hand.

Mind prepared;

Heart in shape;

Take us again to the Jaffa Gate!”

“They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,

And they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord…

The young women rejoice in the dance,

And the young men and the old shall be merry.”

Jeremiah 31:12:13 (ESV)

Poem by denisebalog©2016

Photographs captured at the Jaffa Gate 2011 by denisebalog©2011

Author: DeniseBalog

Denise Balog is a southern Oklahoma based photographer specializing in high school seniors and families.

10 thoughts on “Staff in Hand”

  1. Blessed and happy Christmas and journeys onward, Denise — love this so much! The Jaffa Gate and others have such rich meaning… I think of Psalm 24:7-10, and also that we are in the year of the Open Door or ‘threshold’…(also a ‘gate’) 🙂 Shalom and blessings!

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    1. Hello and most blessed New Year to you Susan! I can’t help but be in a pilgrim state of mind:) I am busting to get my suitcase out, but trying to “wait” until the 1st of the new year! Good to hear from you:) Hope my Christmas card arrives before Valentines day!! Lol

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      1. ohh…I just got your beautiful card on Dec. 22nd, thank you SO much, it made my day! 🙂 Blessed travels to the Beautiful Land as you prepare to return there. I would love to go but not likely to happen this year, too much else on the go 😀

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    1. Thank you Lynn! Yes, Merry Christmas!! I am preparing for the trip in January. Yes, Easter and Passover is a busy time with travelers. Can’t wait to see what January will be like. Quiet I am expecting:)


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