Crestwood Elementary Tiger Den thanks The Squire

Dear Editor,

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to talk with our Crestwood Elementary Tiger Den. The boys thought it was a great visit, and us moms found the information very interesting as well!

Thanks again!

Jen Schneider, Rockford

A dream come true

My trip to Israel

Dear Editor,

I’ve always believed in God and Jesus.

From the time I was a small child, I would imagine Jesus was holding my hand when I would be alone walking down the street.

I always went to the Methodist Church from the time I can remember and I still have my worn and frayed cradle roll certificate from our Methodist Church, given to my parents when I was born.

I envisioned going to Israel and old Jerusalem so I could walk where Jesus walked on Via Dolorosa, the cobbled street where Jesus supposedly walked and carried the cross on which he was nailed and died.

No one ever knew that my dream was to go to Jerusalem, but God finally answered my prayers when, in January 2007, my dear granddaughter called and asked, “Grandma, would you like to go to Israel? Everything will be paid for you, as we will take you. My husband and I and our two boys [who were six and eight at the time], and we are leaving June 25, and we would like you to go with us. You will be there for six days and we will be staying there for two more weeks.”

I was delighted, of course, because at this time I was 86 years old. How glorious it would be, and what a treat from your precious granddaughter and her family.

They had rented a room in downtown Jerusalem and, lo and behold, the room was number 16 and on the third floor of this apartment building (John 3:16). God is great, God is good, and what a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! We saw the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea and drove through the desert. The temperature was 112°.

The trip home was long and tiring, as I returned alone, and I was really happy to see my son waiting for me at the Chicago airport and getting my feet again on American soil.

Mona Root, Rockford resident



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