Thursday, April 5, 2012

"Great is Diana of the Ephesians!"

Ephesus was so great. No, really, so great. The ruins there are incredible, the weather was perfect, and Acts 19 will never be the same.

Not only is Ephesus beautiful, but it's also a significant location in the Bible. Acts 19 chronicles Paul's experience in Ephesus, which is a really interesting account. However, when your entire class re-enacts the scene in the ancient 25,000 seat theatre where the scene very well could have taken place, screaming, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians!!!" at the top of our lungs ... the whole story has a lot more meaning. Silly as it sounds, re-enacting that scene in Ephesus suddenly made the story stand out in a way it never has before, and has now become one of my favorite stories from the Bible. Paul was an incredible servant of our Lord. 

After acting out the story and singing some hymns we were free to explore around--my favorite. We saw the ins and outs of Ephesus, and took some sweet pics. It was a good day.

Posing with the Library at Ephesus. It was reminiscent of the mausoleums at Petra... and more than anything, it was incredible to be able to make that kind of comparison.
Upon finding a base without a column or statue, we figured we had better spice up the lonely rock a little bit. Heisman pose? Check. No antiquities were harmed in the taking of these photos. Promise.

There were pretty flowers everywhere! I found this one in some water, in an old column base. Score.
Pretty flowers make girls frolick. Scientific fact. See proof above.

Epic band pic. Mark, Sarah, me, Janae, and Grace rockin' the deep,  sultry, contemplative look.  This pic makes me feel like we'd definitely be some chill alt-rock band. I could handle that.
Outside the library, senior pic style.
We literally ran off the bus when it got to the hotel to try to catch the sunset on the beach. We missed the sun going down, but we did catch this beautiful lighting. Lovely end to a lovely day.

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