Without intending to, it seems we had given up the first world for Lent. We were anxiously anticipating clean, modern and beautiful European cities when we arrived in Istanbul last week. And it delivered. We love the walkable cobblestone streets and sidewalk cafes, the beautiful parks and historic sites, the kind and friendly people. Istanbul is vibrant, full of delicious tastes, fresh air and wild color.
But with the first world came the problems it faces. I hope we can return again some day without those concerns. I want to live in a world again that does not have to fear.
We walked alongside families who live and raise their children in this city. They want the same things we do. They want peace and happiness. I hope it comes to them. We are glad we came and I loved getting to know Istanbul. Our prayers are with them.