When I was in Israel this summer, one of the fascinating places we went was to Capernaum. That name may ring a bell with you. It was the home of Simon Peter, who would become known as the apostle Peter. Jesus spent a great deal of time there. Peter fished on the Sea of Galilee that touches the shore at Capernaum.
Archaeologists believe that they have uncovered the home of Simon Peter and you can see the remains of the home underneath the raised Catholic church that sites above it on pillars. It was fascinating to see where he apparently lived and to imagine his boat barely yards from his home. Across the “street” from his home was the old synagogue…and at least some of the steps date to the first century AD.
One of the things in Capernaum, though, which really caught my eye was the statue in today’s photo. This statue sits outside the Catholic church above Peter’s home and it is a statue of the fisherman himself. He stands with his back to the Sea of Galilee…perhaps as an indication that he was leaving it behind for a greater calling. He holds in his left hand a staff as a shepherd would carry, and in the right hand, the keys – believed by Catholics to be the keys to the Kingdom.
It was a beautiful statue in a beautiful and historic setting.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1967, a plane crash in Madison, Wisconsin, killed soul singer Otis Redding and members of the Bar-Kays band. The plane crashed into Lake Monona, several miles from the Madison airport.
One survivor, Ben Cauley of the Bar-Kays, later reported that he had been asleep until just before the crash. He saw his friend in the band, Phalon Jones, look out the window of the small plane and exclaim “Oh no!” and, before he knew it, he was in a frigid lake holding onto a seat cushion. The following day, the lake was dragged and the bodies of the victims were recovered. A storm in Madison that day was a factor in the crash but the exact cause was never determined.
Redding was not the only well-known singer to die in a plane crash. In 1959, Buddy Holly, along with the lesser known J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson and Ritchie Valens, were killed in a crash that is thought to have inspired Don McLean’s well-known song “American Pie.” Country singer Patsy Cline died in a 1963 crash. Ten years later, Jim Croce perished in one in Louisiana. Key members of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd died in an accident 1977. Singer John Denver was killed piloting his own plane in 1997.
Four months after his death at the age of 26, Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay,” the last song he ever recorded, reached the top spot on the pop music charts. It was his first No. 1 hit.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Insect species account for 950,000 of the two million identified species on Earth. (And they’re out to get us!!!!)