After a small breakfast, the entire group traveled to the monastery at the base of Mt. Sinai, where we saw the actual descendant plant of the burning bush, the well where Moses met his wife, Zipporah,and the relics of St. Catherine. We were also treated to a viewing of the museum there which holds religious books, icons and writings over 1000 years old! We were not allowed to photograph these for obvious reasons, but their impression was lasting.
As a footnote to this wonderful experience, I now feel doubly blessed, if that is even possible, that we all made it home safely in light of the events that took place over this past week at the foot of Mt. Sinai, St. Catherine’s. The two American women who were taken as hostages by bedouins while they were most likely on their own religious journey should be viewed as a glaring example of how fortunate we all are to be living in a country that settles its political differences in civilized, democratic ways. We should all pray that Egypt finds its way to such a democracy.