Tuesday, December 17, 2013
DEC 17 A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! SNOW IN BETHLEHEM!
In Europe and North America, Christmas traditions involve lots and lots of snow. There's snowmen, snowballs, snowmobiles and snowglobes. However, back in the Holy Lands...where the birth of Christ actually occurred...Christmas never means snow. The Negev Desert is simply too hot. It boasts an average December temperature around 57 degrees (14 Celsius).
However...for the first time in 120 years...snow has fallen on the Holy Lands! At the Church of the Nativity on Hevron Street in Bethlehem...the spot generally regarded as the actual location of our dear savior's birth...children are tossing snowballs at each other. And it's not just a dusting of powder either. Almost two feet of snow was recorded, with possibly more on the way.
In the nearby Gaza Strip, things are even more dire. As expected, the lower elevations of Israel have been inundated with flood waters. Bustling highways have been transformed into rivers of mud. Overwhelmed sewage treatment facilities have been forced to dump untreated waste into the Mediterranean Sea. However...the state of emergency forced a temporary suspension of sanctions to the isolated Gaza Strip. Both Israel and Qatar have sent emergency food and fuel supplies to the perilous area.