I know its been a long while since I posted a blog, but part of the reason for the silence is because over the last few weeks I have been planning a trip to western Europe with my friend Charley and Chad. And as of this past Sunday night, we have officially booked a flight to Europe! We’ll be flying into Dublin actually and spending a couple of days in Ireland, and from there we will actually get onto the continent and fly into Rome. The trip will last almost five weeks and we are basically backpacking the whole way, taking the trains across countries, staying in hostels, walking the streets. This is a trip I have wanted to go on for years now and the fact that it is actually beginning to happen is extremely exciting and at the same time scary. As much as this is going to be a personal journey and also a time for bonding with friends, I believe that there is a huge spiritual pilgrimage that is awaiting me there as I travel for over a month.
Part of the desire to travel and spend an extended time in Europe comes out of the longing to get away from the normal distractions and responsibilities that pervade my life, if just for a little while. I idea that I will not check my email inbox everyday, to see if I have any new text messages or missed calls on my cell phone, to not worry about what is going on at work and if the people around me love me, all the things that take up a lot of my time will be put away for awhile and it will be just me and my friends experiencing new things and meeting new people. I plan on journaling everyday and depending on how personal they get, I might post some of my entries on the blog. I’ve actually thought about composing a book one day based on my experience there. I think that as much I write this blog in order to tell you the good news in my life, I also use it as a prayer for God to move in my life and show me his love ever again, to experience who he is as I go on this journey.