Why are spiritual holidays good for you?
“What the world needs today. A little spiritual healing And everyone’s got to say It’s gives a good feeling” This song by Toots and the Maytals embodies what is good by being spiritual. I have always liked to take time off from my busy schedule to go on spiritual holiday either on my own or with family. There are a lot of places which can give you healing. I find mostly things to do with nature, the outdoors as well as Biblical give me a lot of spiritual healing.
In this blog post I will talk about my favourite spiritual places. May be you can try them for yourself, you never know you might get some spiritual healing yourself.
#1 God’s window – Mpumalanga South Africa
When you stand at the top and look through to what is like a window to the valley below and the far space ahead, you can understand what your part is in the grand scheme of things. Let your imagination take in the beauty and engage your senses and you really get a healing calm in your soul. I visited this place and I was in awe of the majesty of creation and the one who created it for us to enjoy. I just felt humbled by the experience of it at I fed in the natural untainted beauty of this place.
#2 Lindisfarne, Northumberland, UK
The monastery of Lindisfarne was founded around 634 by Irish monk Saint Aidan, who had been sent from Iona at the request of King Oswald. The priory was founded before the end of 634 and Aidan remained there until his death in 651.Some of the finest pieces of of illuminated gospels which are in Latin where created at Lindisfarne. When you go into the ruins of the abbey and around some of the remaining structures, you can feel the peace which helped the people who lived and worshiped there as they went about with God’s work.
If you are the hiking type you can go to the top of the castle, but beware to get out before the tide or you will be forced to stay the night which is not a bad idea at all.
#3 Old City Jerusalem- Israel
Of all the places I have visited spiritually and otherwise, none beats Israel. This is my favourite place in the whole wild world because of its spiritual significance.
My kids and I spent a few days in Jerusalem just touring the old city but there were still some corners we did not get to. Walking on the footsteps of Jesu’s way to crucifixion is one of the most sombre walks I have done spiritually. The church of the Holy Sepulchre is identified as the place both of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus. If you really want to enjoy walking about the church taking in all its spirituality either be very early or explore in the evening when the crowds have lessened.
There is so much spirituality and history in old city Jerusalem. There is so much to see in just one place, the garden tomb, the wailing Western wall, the garden of Gethsemane, mount of Olives and the churches scattered all around will arouse a spirituality sense I have not felt from anywhere in the world.
Bethlehem is famed as the city where Jesus was born. There are lot of spiritual places to visit in and around Bethlehem. My kids and I started at the church of nativity. What a spiritual moment we had being at the place where our Lord was born. From there we went to the Milk Groto. This place is surreal, there is prayer and silence all the time. I had some real quite time and reflection here. Across the road is the field where the shepherds lay keeping their sheep. You actually get to walk the scenes from the New Testament Gospels.
#5 The River Jordan
One of the areas of spirituality is the baptism place in the Jordan River. This is where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. This marks a nice end to the tour of the spiritual places in Israel. What a better end than a dip/baptism in the same river Jesus was also baptised. It doesn’t get better than this.
On our way to the Jordan we passed the sea of Galilee and t Peter’s mother house where a church is built and there is a glass inside which allows people to see the remains of the house.
#6 The dead sea
For most people the Dead sea cannot be refered to as a spiritual place. However, most people swear by the healing powers of the waters of the Dead sea.
Believe it or not I am one of those people who can truly testify to the healing powers of the Dead sea water . From as long as I remember I have had problems with my eyes and eyesight. I even had an operation in my right eye to improve vision. However, that caused it to be always tearing and sore.
My healing was some what accidental even though I believe the Lord had planned it that way. I was floating minding my business when one person splashed the water and it went into my eyes. The pain was excruciating and I remember running out of the water in a daze looking for clean water to splash over my eyes. What followed was a miracle I could see clearly and no tears or pain.
My eyes were healed, I haven’t worn glasses or contact lenses for 3 years now. Thank God for the trip to Israel.