I’m on my way from Missouri to happiness today, uh huh, Israel, uh, huh, Israel, uh huh!
Nothing against Missouri, and it has long been an ambition to visit Chuck Berry’s St Louis, but this is what I’d be singing if I were Missourian.
I suspect though that it will be more Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer for Pastor Tom Zelt’s party of 12 from the Concordia Seminary in Missouri.
And why the focus on the Concordia Seminary?
Because it’s the pilot tourist post-Covid party touring Israel and they are two days into their fortnight trip.
I’d also be billing this the Missouri to Messiah trip but perhaps that’s why I never progressed to the Seminary.
Our Concordia friends will be taking in religious sites in Jerusalem, the Negev, Masada and Nazareth.
Pastor Tom, we are told, is a past (or pastor if you like) master in leading tours.
And he also trains other pastors to become tour leaders in Israel for their own communities.
The Way, the Truth the Life
I can recommend too from pastor (stop it) experience that following a robed holy men on the path is the Way to go on pilgrimage.
2021 has been building up into being Israel’s Year of Travel ever since they got out of the blocks quickest on vaccination.
All tourists will need a Health Ministry approved vaccination and be arriving from a sanctioned country.
And they will be required to perform two PCR tests with one up to 72 hours before entering Israel and one on arrival.
Uh-huh, Israel, uh-huh
So give yourself a treat as I aim to… whether you want to do the Holy Land or the Land of Milk (well wine) and Honey.
We’re on our way from Missouri to happiness today, uh-huh, Israel, uh-huh.