Our Texas Ornament Travels to Israel

by Courtney Joyner April 27, 2018

Brush Strokes Pottery's TX ornament travels the world - this time heading to Israel & Jordan on a pilgrimage. Thanks to the help of my Dad, our little TX ornament had the adventure of a lifetime. I have to say when I gave my parents the ornament before they left on their trip and asked them to snap a couple of pictures, I thought "oh maybe I'll get one or two for Instagram". But little did I know my engineer, numbers based father was just waiting for his creativity to be unleashed. One or two posts to social media was not going to do these gorgeous images justice. So sit back and enjoy the ride through this biblical journey. 

Texas Ceramic Ornament at the Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee - Israel’s largest freshwater lake. Also most notably known in biblical history as the Sea that Jesus walked on (Matthew 14:22–33) to save his disciples caught in a storm.  

Texas Ceramic Ornament at the Al-Khazneh in Petra

Al-Khazneh "The Treasury", is one of the most elaborate temples in the ancient Arab Nabatean Kingdom city of Petra. This structure, as with most of the other buildings in this ancient town, was carved out of a sandstone rock face. 

Most notably we recognize this structure as the entrance to the final resting place of the Holy Grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

With the camels in Petra.

Texas Ceramic Ornament in Petra

Petra

Texas Ceramic Ornament at Mount Sodom

A reminder to always look ahead to great hope and fortune and not to dwell on the past. This incredible picture was captured at Mount Sodom (near the Dead Sea) where based on the tale from Genesis 19, Lot’s wife was turned to a pillar of salt after she disobeyed the angels warning and looked back on her city while fleeing.  

 

Texas Ceramic Ornament at The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is landlocked salt lake between Israel and Jordan in southwestern Asia and is the setting for some of the most important stories in biblical history. Tourists flock to this destination to wade in the water. The high concentration level of saline gives those who swim in the Sea extreme buoyancy aka an incredible photo opp. I wonder if that would have been true for our little ornament had it taken a dip? 

Texas Ceramic Ornament at Mount Nebo

Memorial to Moses. Located on Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge in Jordan, approximately 2,330 ft above sea level, mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land.

 

A huge THANK YOU to my Mom & Dad for helping make this TX pilgrimage possible. They continue to amaze me and make me proud to call their crazy butts my family. Love you both!!



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