Through Security and Ready to Board

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Fri, 01/24/2020 - 09:18

You never know what to expect when you're traveling. This morning, I got a late start thanks to the snooze button, and there was a bit of traffic, but by God's grace, I was able to check in and get through security quickly, and still have time for a cup of coffee. People have asked me what I'm looking forward to, but I still have no answer. In fact, I'm fighting the temptation to have "any" expectation, I think so I won't be disappointed. Nonetheless, I'm quite excited to be on this journey. I've never been to the Holy Lands, but God physically walked on the ground there. It is bound to be an inspiration. The closest thing I can compare it to was my first (and only trip) to Greece. I remember feeling a profound sense of awe when I realized that I was standing in the same place where the Saints walked and preached. I suspect I will have a similar experience, yet greater...

Today and tomorrow are travel days. They will be days for resting, wondering, dreaming, and reading. I have a copy of Egeria's Diary, which chronicles her pilgrimage from the late 4th Century. Her words have inspired centuries of Christians and informed historians with a glimpse of ancient Christian worship and life, not to mention architecture. I pray my blog and live broadcasts will in some small way be a blessing to you, and maybe inspire you to take your own pilgrimage some day.

Next stop.....the Holy Lands!


Victoria Haldoupis (not verified)

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 10:20

May God and Panagia be with you and keep you safe. I am so excited for you! Thank you for allowing us to follow along this beautiful journey..:)

Louie Pappas (not verified)

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 19:27

Wish I was on the trip. Enjoy your journey. Godspeed

leslie genna (not verified)

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 21:55

So wish we could of joined you on this wonderful journey. Walking the steps of Our Lord, on the very same grounds. Unimaginable, breathtaking and a journey we will accomplish. A prayer for Joe's health.

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