Two Seas of the Holy Lands
By Marvin Ziegler, Lector
The Sea of Galilee is beautiful. It has blue water and is full of fauna and flora. Life exists. Trees line its banks where children splash and play. The Jordan River makes this sea, flowing from the sunny hills; life is happy and vibrant around this sea.
Through the Sea of Galilee, the cool rolling waters of the Jordan River continue to flow south into the Dead Sea. In the Dead Sea there are no fish swimming, no birds flying above, no families sunning near the shoreline. No man or animal will drink the water there. Life does not exist at the Dead Sea.
One might ask: What makes this enormous difference between these neighboring seas? Could it be the Jordan River? No. The same flowing waters empty into both bodies. It is also not the soil, not the people, not the geography. So what is the difference?
The Sea of Galilee receives, but does not keep the Jordan. For every drop that flows into, another drop flows out. The Sea of Galilee gives equally as it receives, but the Dead Sea keeps the Jordan; it has no outlet. Every drop it gets, it keeps. It does not share, it stockpiles its incoming waters; the only escape for water from the Dead Sea is evaporation, leaving behind the salty, lifeless sea and shoreline.
Our lives and actions are the same. It makes no difference what we do in life, if we do not allow goodness and information and action to pass through us it dies. Regardless of our occupation or standing in life we have a choice to give and allow what we receive to flow through us, or not. When we choose to give we all flourish.