Holy Monday – Do Not Believe It

On this Holy Monday: Let us pray to the Lord, O you who observe all things with your eye that never sleeps, who afford us such saving lessons in your desire to grant mercy to all who seek it: We give you thanks for this evening that brings us before you once more. Now that we have completed the lenten season, enable us to enter into the week of the saviour’s passion…

Judgement By Fire

St. Paul called the Word of God a “two-edged” sword. In other words, the Word of God cuts both ways. It gives life and it strikes down darkness. Just as the surgeon’s knife wounds AND heals, so the wisdom of God wounds me and heals me all at the same time. But too many people only focus on one side of the reality and that causes all kinds of problems for us.…

There is a Blessing In It

You’ve met people like this before. You know the ones that I mean. They are the folks who seem to always have a comeback for anything you say. “It’s a cloudy day today.” “Yes, but the sun will be shining soon.” They are so positive it makes you sick to be around them. Why diabetics have to take an extra shot if they know these folks are going to be around. Of…

Fasting from Sin!

There’s always a struggle inside of us over what we know we should do and be and what we actually do and how we actually are. It’s called cognitive dissonance. That’s when what we think and what we do are in such conflict that it creates discomfort for us. Yeah, I know that feeling all too well. But, if it’s true that all humans experience this to one degree or another, then…

A Light to the Gentiles

At every Vespers service I am blessed to say the prayer of St. Simeon: “Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for the glory of your people Israel.” I love praying this prayer done by the elder Simeon as he held in his arms the…

You Little Thief, You!

I comforted myself that it wasn’t really a lie. It was a slight exaggeration! That’s all, and my intentions were good after all. It was all to make a point and to ultimately do good! Of course, all that justification came tumbling down when I was confronted with my “exaggeration.” By the way, have I ever told you I hate the taste of crow? One of the most powerful rivers of wisdom…

A Terrible Test

It was just asking too much! As I sat there, trying to decide if I should fulfill this request or not, I had to weigh so many other things. This choice was going to change my life forever. But it wasn’t going to just change my life. No, this choice was going to change the lives of my friends and family too. And not even just them. This choice was going to…

Bargaining with God

“So, now we’re negotiating.” It was a great moment. We had been going back and forth for a while and finally had agreed on a course of action and all that was left to do was determine the details. You see, it had become clear to me that we were not really on the same page about the general vision and direction we wanted the ministry to go and, if we were…

A New Name, A New Path

“There’s a new name written down in glory, and it’s mine. Oh yes, it’s mine. And the white robed angels sing the story: A sinner has come home!” Now that old hymn brings back memories! But names getting changed isn’t anything new. In fact, it tends to be the norm in the Holy Scriptures. Abram’s name becomes Abraham. Saul becomes Paul. Cephas becomes Peter, and so on. Name changes in the Scripture…

A Cheerful Heart

I never will forget the look on his face when I told this man that “Happiness is a choice.” You see, he had come into my office insisting that he wasn’t happy and asking what could he do about it. He wanted to hear me tell him to change his life, and I had just told him to change his mind! He was confused, to say the least! But this is true…