After some 24 hours of travel from Cincinnati to New York to Paris to Beirut, I am safely tucked away in my Lebanese hotel — and already this trip is amazing.
It’s hard to know where to begin. Our CNEWA journalist immersion group technically hasn’t done anything yet, but something about the experience has all my brain’s little pistons firing like mad.
Please forgive me for taking a rather easy way out here and making a list. But right now, all I can think about are the dozens of things I don’t ever want to forget.
Here are some highlights:
But perhaps what I most want to remember is just how I feel right now. I feel energized, excited and totally at peace.
This is like a dream come true for a journalist/Catholic/explorer. Though I have barely slept in the past day, I am ready to get dressed and get on the bus right now. I feel such a sense of excitement and hope and wonder! What has hit me is how long it’s been since I experienced this sensation.
Tomorrow we will drive to Tyre and meet the Melkite Catholic Bishop George Bakhouni. Later, we will spend the afternoon in the southern villages of Ain Ebel, Rmeish and Yaroun. That will take us in the direction of the Israeli border, the land of Hezbollah.
Yet I’m not scared or worried. I just cannot wait to see what God has in store for me. In a weird way, I can feel Him with me, just existing in the opportunity.
I am so blessed.