Our trip to Europe last week exposed us to the ruins of ancient civilization.  From the magnifcient Colosseum and the crumbling seven hills of Rome to Vesuvius’s hellish crater that wrought Pompeii’s dramatic tragedy in the valley below, the ruins of history which once were pictures in history books burst alive before our imaginations.

Roman ruins

The ruins of ancient Rome on one hand reflect the glory and achievement of the past, yet on the other the crumbling, temporal vanity of  man.  What achievement of man truly endures, save the love St. Paul wrote about in his second letter to the Corinthians?

As an American who always thought of the eighteenth century as ancient history on this New World side of the Atlantic, I remain awestruck.  To be lost in the ruins is to be found in the marvel of  history!