Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Fish and the Loaves, The Traveling Plate!!


I was having dinner at the DC Coast restaurant, in Washington D.C., last Monday night, with some dear friends I had not seen in many years. While catching up a bit, we began talking about Israel and how they were thinking about going next year. I shared with them this story (among others) about our traveling plate. This is from the archives, but, certainly bears repeating!

This plate of the Fish and the Loaves was given to us by our friend, Iddo in 1995. Iddo was our tour guide when we went to Israel in 1990. Edward was an infant at the time and Iddo helped make our visit so special and forever memorable. We connected with him, not just for the 10 days we traveled together, but now, 19 years later, we still have a story to tell. This plate, the miracle of the Fish and the Loaves, represents feeding the multitudes. Jesus blessed the two fish and fives loaves, and miracle of miracles, 'there were about 5000 men who ate aside from the women and children.' (Mat.14:21). Iddo and his beautiful wife, Irit, gave us the plate to bless our household, and it did. But then, a few years later, his household needed a blessing, with tourism in Israel at an all time low, he needed some help. I thought, let's make a deal. We'll send him the plate for 7 years and then wherever we are in the world each of us would share the plate for 7 years at a time. Well, his time was up, (and then some), but, yet again, miracle of miracles, Iddo was coming to the States, New York City, to be specific. Lo and behold, my husband had to be in New York City at the same time! Jimmy and Iddo met in mid-town Manhattan and had a wonderful reunion over coffee @ Starbucks, catching up like two old friends who had known one another forever! Our household has had many blessings now that we have our plate back, and we are certainly always expectant! Iddo's business of tourism and lecturing is thriving. He loves telling the story about the traveling plate! We all realize that the plate is just a plate, but, it has great meaning to us and it's ours until 2015!!!

4 comments:

Azure Islands Designs said...

Oh Amy, what a wonderful story...I don't believe I've heard it before but even if I had, you are correct, it does bare repeating!!!

The plate is gorgeous...but the history & meaning is something that will always surround both families...such an extraordinary way to be tied to another family!!!

Cheers

Amy Lilley Designs said...

Heather, I'm so glad that you took the time to read this story..I think I posted it before we met...the plate hangs in my kitchen in RI, as it did in NY when we first received it from Iddo and Irit...we love this story, the plate and our dear friends from Israel...hugs, very big hugs..:))

The Muse said...

Thank you for the wedding wishes AMY :)

And what a great/intriguing post...Heather expressed the same awe as I....

simply wonderful ties...
a truly small world :)

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