OPA! Following our travels through Israel and Jordan were a miraculous 5 days in Greece. First stop was Athens where a rare blizzard hit the city and forced every historical landmark to close! While we had to admire the Parthenon from afar, the snow-covered rooftops of Athens was a once in a lifetime breathtaking view! After two and a half days in Athens, we hopscotched to the island of Santorini. January is smack-dab in the middle of their off season, and by ‘off’ I mean 90% of the locals were nowhere to be found, entire villages were closed with no hotels or restaurants open for business, and NO TOURISTS ANYWHERE. It was as if John had booked a private island for us to explore.
Our hotel (Villa Kostas) was in the village of Perissa, a 45 minute drive to the opposite end of the island to the village of Oia (Think Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants/Pinterest). Both our evenings in Santorini were spent in Oia at Sunset where the moon was bigger and brighter than the sun. Just pure magic. The weather was beautiful, yet no where near warm enough for sundresses and bikinis. I saved this linen fringe tassel tunic from Old Navy for months so that I would have the perfect winter in Greece blouse to wear for the trip. When it comes to clean denim (as in non-distressed), this pair of high rise Citizen jeans are my absolute favorite. I must have worn them every two days on the trip! The island of Santorini was incredible windy, so I pulled my hair back into a french braided-bun. You bet I’ll be back here again someday soon!
I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.
Paul was chosen to be an apostle of Jesus Christ who spread the Gospel to all kinds of people, both Greeks and barbarians. Greeks used the word barbarian to describe anyone who didn’t speak Greek. Essentially, this is Paul’s way to say he was under God’s obligation to share Christ with humankind, mankind, the world. He was called to spread the Word just as Christians today are called to do the same. We don’t have the right to pick and choose who we think deserves to hear God’s word, when everyone has the right to hear it!
Have a blessed week!