"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it." - Hebrews 13:2

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Where would you go?

Gettysburg, PA - Photo by Loree Huebner
"President Lincoln passed by this tree on November 19, 1863"

This past Saturday, my husband and I spent a beautiful spring day with some good friends around a campfire. As you do with friends, you catch up on each other’s lives since you had last seen each other. You get excited and happy over good news, and sympathize and mourn with them over hard times. At some point in the conversation, we tend to pose deep questions about life, faith, or history. This time, a friend asked a question to the group which sparked many interesting answers.

He asked:  If you could go back in time to any two events in history BEFORE you were born…where would you go? Now, the rules: You're in bed and a specter, not unlike Dicken’s Ghost of Christmas Past appears. He will take you where you want to go…back in time. You can’t change the history, and you could only observe and will not be seen. Where would you go?
Wow! Did this set a wildfire of answers! It was hard to stick with just two.
We came up with all sorts of events and places. The conversation went on and on. Answers ranged from The Last Supper to the grassy knoll in Dallas - to see if there was a second gunman behind the picket fence… to Roswell, New Mexico - to see what, if anything crashed in the desert. We had one Woodstock, one moon landing, one signing of the Declaration of Independence, and one Resurrection morning. One friend even suggested that she would want to go back to her parent's wedding – to see her mom walk down the aisle. There were several sports events thrown in for good measure. I don't think the guys could ever settle on just one Hail Mary pass, slam dunk, homerun, or amazing Olympic moment. Even though they were brought up, not any one of us wanted to see actual war battles or the bomb.
My #1 answer was that I would love to be able to witness the Sermon on the Mount. #2 would have me heading back to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863, to see President Lincoln give the Gettysburg Address.
Where would you go? Remember, it has to be before you were born. I would love to hear from you.
Between you, me and the gatepost,


Shopgirl said...

I'd love to meet Jesus at any moment of his life. The resurrected return may have to be the top of the list.

Loree Huebner said...

Shopgirl: Amen!

Jessica R. Patch said...

#1 I'd watch Peter walk on water, sink and then see if Jesus walked him back into the boat. They had to get back in somehow!

#2 I'd be there when Jesus appeared to Mary. She thought Him to be the gardener. I want to know why!

This isn't enough. We need top 5! :)

Loree Huebner said...

Jessica: Great places! I didn't think of those.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I would go to dinner with Jesus at Martha and Mary's. And to a day in the life of my Mom growing up to help me understand her better.

Loree Huebner said...

Eileen: Awesome! I think your idea about your mom is outstanding. If we could see our parents before we came along...I bet a lot of things would make more sense to us.

Tana Adams said...

Oh I love this! To the foot of the cross on Good Friday and I'd be interested in witnessing the ascension as well. =)

Loree Huebner said...

Tana: Like your answer! Looks like going back 2000 years is a favorite.

troutbirder said...

Oh what a great and fun question. Here are a few of mine (off the mark as usual)
My parents wedding
Caesar crossing the Rubicon
D Day overlooking Omaha beach
The deaths of Cleopatra & Elizabeth I
Chamberlain at Little Roundtop
Washington saying goodbye to his officers
The Cuban Missle Crises inside the White House.
Little Big Horn....
I can hardly stop.

Loree Huebner said...

troutbirder: heh heh, it's hard to stop. All awesome choices!

Terri Tiffany said...

Wow-- so many times in history would draw me but mostly to be where Jesus was at one time. How can we pick one amazing event?

Loree Huebner said...

Terri: It's not easy to pick just one. Have a great weekend!

Melissa K Norris said...

We have to pick just two? :)
I'd love to see Laura Ingalls Wilder as a girl, the whole pioneer thing calls to me.
And to see Jesus in person and hear His words for myself.
Similiar conversation happening on my author FB page. Except it's what event from the Bible would you like to see for yourself.

Thanks Loree. I found this from your Twitter feed.

Loree Huebner said...

Welcome Melissa! I like the Laura Ingalls Wilder answer, and seeing Jesus is a big hit on this question. It's so hard to pick just two. Thanks for stopping in!

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

OMG, that's hard! But I would love to have witnessed the original Buddha teaching. And I would want to experience both English and American Victorian/Romantic culture with, of course, a lecture by Henry David Thoreau in Concord, MA.

Loree Huebner said...

Welcome Katherine! There are so many historical events to choose from! I like the American Victorian culture also. That time period would be interesting to see for real. Thanks for popping in!

Julie Musil said...

Wow, I'm asking this question the next time my family's around a campfire. Um, maybe I'd like to be in Time's Square during the announcement that WW2 was over. Maybe witness "the kiss." Something like that.

Loree Huebner said...

Julie: We brought that one up in the conversation. Excellent pick!