Our family just spent our spring break in Rome. We have dreamed of visiting Rome for years, even before we had any kids, and we finally decided we better do it or we would just let the dream slip away. To say it was incredible would be a huge understatement. Although it was more like an intense graduate course in ancient and medieval history (with hours of walking every day), than a fun vacation - we all enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Seeing so much and being so overwhelmed at the volume of history and art left us breathless most of the time. We would sight see by day and study at night about what we saw that day and what we would explore the next day. It was a little frustrating to me (Kenny) to not be able to take all the time we wanted at each sight (kids and schedules kept interfering), but I would never have left the Vatican Museum if they would have let me have my way!
We are still a little speechless about all our experiences, but we are beginning to process our trip and I am grateful for the opportunity to walk where so much history was made and where early Christians tried valiantly to struggle with their culture in a way that would both honor God and reach the people around them who were steeped in idolatry and paganism. This is still Christianity's greatest struggle to be faithful disciples who are in the world but not of the world.