My daughters and I have this little game we play. I ask them "How much do you love me?" And they, giggling and smiling, try to stretch their little arms as wide as they can and say "This much, daddy!" Of course then they ask me how much I love them and I make as big a show as I can to stretch my arms as wide as I can and say "This much, baby girl!" And then we all start trying to compete and see who can stretch their arms wider! It all ends with much stretching, laughing, and smiles! It's a fun game.
There is a joy in recalling those moments in life when something was told to you, or some example was given to you, or something happened to you to "turn the light on" in your heart or mind. One such instance came when our merry band of spiritual seekers were working our way to the Orthodox Church.
We were blessed to have some teachers who had traveled a similar path
Just in case you missed it, here's the first Faith Encouraged Live show! The Spiritual Discipline of Hospitality flows from the truth that we are created in God's image and He knows Himself as Persons in Communion. Turns out we will only know our true selves in communion too!
Listen, and let me know what you think!
Today we celebrate the destruction of mortality by holding high the vehicle if our Lord’s execution. We do this to make an open spectacle of His total victory over humanity’s enemies Forever! We do this also to completely BANISH the FALSE notion that our lives can be compartmentalized into the physical and the spiritual. Jesus saves us as whole persons. Our Orthodox faith is very physical to teach us that our very…
Tonight we launch Faith Encouraged Live on AncientFaith.com. Tune in at 8 PM Eastern/ 5PM Pacific for our first 90 minute call in show. It will be live and I’m looking forward to hearing from you! Tonight, we will discuss the power of the spiritual discipline of Hospitality to make you more like Jesus Christ. Go to ancientfaith.com and participate in Faith Encouraged!
Dear Devotional Reader,
I am grateful for your regular visits and your kind words in reaction to our daily attempt to lift our minds and hearts to the real purpose of our human existence - true communion with our Loving God.
It is not the purpose of our work to be political or to delve into the minutia of this or that political movement. But, we Orthodox Christians ARE in society. We are by nature persons in communion and communion presupposes an active involvement in our society.
What if, no matter how hard you tried, even your best ideas and best efforts worked against you? Imagine the frustration when even your most well thought out plans ended up helping the very one you were trying to defeat! And this doesn't just happen sometimes, it happens all the time, and the best you can hope for is to con some of the people around you into believing that you are really winning, knowing the whole time you're wrong, and the only tool that has ever worked for you is your ability to deceive.
In the mid 70's the late Robin Williams did a whole comedy routine entitled "Reality, What A Concept." The show was about the funny side of actually dealing with life like it really is, AND how hilariously ridiculous the lengths humans will go to AVOID reality.
Turns out these funny observations aren't new at all. The great philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once said "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced."