Dear Faith Friends,

We had four wonderful and rich (and very hot!) days in Athens.  The Acropolis was our first stop.  The beauty and immensity of the Acropolis, the Hadrian Wall, all of the temples, and – especially – the Parthenon are remarkable. The next day, we got up early to visit the Agora, the marketplace. In the afternoon, we went to the new (air conditioned) Acropolis Museum.  It is an excellent resource for imagining and understanding the life, politics, art and religion of ancient Greece.

All of those spots were teaming with people.

Fewer people climbed up to explore the Areopagus.  The Areopagus is an enormous boulder, poised between the Acropolis and the Agora.  Here, between the sites of worship and everyday life, Paul proclaimed good news to all nations.

The Areopagus isn’t fenced off, as other sites.  You don’t need to pay to visit it. There are no plaques to read.  Those of us who were present spoke quietly, took fewer pictures and lingered longer. We were taking in the marvelous knowledge that the world – and our lives – were changed by words spoken here.  And our lives are still being transformed by the God we know, who is never far from us.

Blessings on the journey,

What…you worship as unknown, I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything it it, the One who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is served by human hands, as though this Divine One needed anything. From one ancestor God made all nations…so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for God and find God – though indeed God is not far from each one of us.  – Acts of the Apostles 17:23-27