Our wake-up call roused us at 3 AM in order to have time for a cup of coffee before boarding our bus for one final journey – to the airport and then home! We left Athens around 7 AM and landed three hours later in Paris for what was suppose to be a four hour layover. Unfortunately the airline moved us all to a later flight and our layover was extended for another three and half hours. The good news is that we had a day in Paris. The bad news is that we could not leave the airport. We consoled ourselves with the reality that a good flight is one that will get us home safely. Indeed we arrived back at FBC Augusta around 12:40 AM and by 1:30 AM I was in my own bed fast asleep.
Our journey is complete but our fond memories will continue to bloom as we reflect on this great experience. We followed Paul through a beautiful land. His message then and now continues to transform generations of followers of Jesus. Our guide reminded us that during the period of pagans, Greece was defined by its wisdom. Christianity introduced the time of love. May they define our footsteps as well.
As you readers know one of our stops was in Ephesus. It was there that Paul penned the following words: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God– what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Grace and Peace,