Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Expected and unexpected Texas treats

The star of the show:
That's my chunky-monkey nephew Micah. I got to see him before he was a week old, and my, how he's grown! We are all besotted with him, and acted like a troop of monkeys ourselves in attempts to get one of those adorable grins. Of course, it was also wonderful to see my folks, sister and BIL, too. :-)

The unexpected treat?
Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth is hosting an exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls – and I got to see it! (Thanks, Mom!)
Headed for the entrance

The exhibition was awe-inspiring in so many ways, I really can't begin to describe it. No photos were allowed inside the exhibition, but they were allowed outside at the 80% scale replica of Qumran, which was littered with ancient potshards from Qumran itself. Each shard was labeled with exactly where it was discovered, and each visitor was allowed to take one as a souvenir. Here is mine:
Pinch me; I'm holding a piece of history over 2000 years old!

The whole experience was a powerful fulfillment to me of Isaiah 40:8: "The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God stands forever." Amen!

That's my Texas report, from . . .


Susan said...

That baby is the cutest baby EVER! What an adorable smile! And how inspiring it is to be that close to something so ancient and precious. Wonderful memories... and thanks for sharing them.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Love that grin.

C-ingspots said... that verse. Glad you had a good time, Michelle.

Mary Ann said...

Oh my gosh, I got SHIVERS reading this.... and that is some baby!

Laura said...

How cool that you got to see that exhibit - I would have loved to see it, too. And the potsherd is awesome. I have a fossil that's umpti-ump million years old, but it wasn't man-made!!

Theresa said...

Way cool that you got a souvenir Qumran potsherd! I've seen some of the Babylonian cuneiform pieces on exhibition before. That was really neat.