O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP 831).
After having spent a wonderful evening the night before celebrating at the Great Vigil of Easter at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Holllywood, I prayed this prayer full of Easter joy as I started out with Steve on this journey.
It was an easy layover in Frankfurt heading to our "home" for the next five weeks: St. James Episcopal Church Townhouse in Florence, Italy. Julia Wright greeted us warmly as we pulled up in the cab from the airport. She opened up the front door of the townhouse and began to explain where things were, how things worked -- and most importantly for me and my sabbatical endeavors, how to connect to wifi and where the best places in the townhouse are to pick it up.
To say that my heart leapt for joy as I entered the townhouse would be an understatement! Three bedrooms, three baths on three floors (great for getting steps in), beautifully decorated with antiques, and a general feeling of quiet peace. Steve and I walked through the rooms looking at each other with the feeling, "this is so much more than we had hoped it would be."