Being Thirsty is Good!

Christ is born! Glorify Him! My doctor looked at me and said “Father, your body is thirsty! You need to drink more water!” What I mistook for hunger was actually my body being thirsty! Wow, what a revelation. So, it is with our lives. We can mistake our thirst for God as a thirst for safety or security or even fame. All the while we act on these mistaken ideas and we…

Marvel

Christ is born! Glorify Him! I always wonder at those who constantly insist “You can’t judge me.” I don’t need to judge you. We always judge ourselves. Our words, our actions, and our thoughts all contain all that is needed to “judge” rightly the true state of our souls. It is also why the Last Judgement and our constant Orthodox prayer “For a Christian end to our lives, peaceful, without shame and…

Out of Egypt Have I Called My Son

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! The Christian Church has been around a long time! And the place it’s existed the longest is the place where it first sprang up. The Church is, at it’s heart, a Semitic Faith, an Eastern Faith. And that’s because the Christian Church is the fulfillment of the promises made by God to Abraham, the father of the Faithful. So there are a lot of Jewish elements in…

The Christ IS Born!

Christ is Born! “Where did she go?” As a father, that question sent chills up my spine! Our youngest had wandered off and I couldn’t see her. It was a crowded area and all my police training had me imagining the worst. Not knowing where she was was a terror I don’t think I had ever felt. And I have been shot at! By God’s grace, she was found just moments later…

Let Us Go To Bethlehem…

Tonight’s the night! And my girls are absolutely thrilled to go to bed after Liturgy this evening! Why? Not because it’s bedtime, but because after Liturgy in the morning, we’re going to “mawmaw’s” house and that means chocolate cake AND presents! It really is the most wonderful time of the year on many levels! But, for me, it’s the prayers, the liturgy, and the worship that captures my attention and joy. Most of…

Who CAN Be Saved? You, That’s Who!

As uncomfortable as it may sound it’s just impossible for me to be saved. Of course, that begs the question “What do you mean by ‘saved’?” And that is the question, isn’t it? In my old way of thinking being saved meant not going to hell when I died. Or, to put a more positive spin on it, going to heaven when I died. But the more I learn about the fullness…

He’s Not One of Us!

I remember as a boy dreading recess at school. You see, I was a bit of a bookworm and not very athletic, and so when it came to be picked for teams, I was usually the kid who got picked last. Ugh! I hated that. It was embarrassing and it made me feel like a loser! Of course, when report card time came, all the jocks wished they were me! We humans…

This Makes Jesus Mad!

I struggle with road rage! There, I said it. I guess it comes from my years as a police officer, trained in the rules of the road, trained as a defensive drive and in high speed chases (very terrifying, by the way!) It just gets on my nerves when I see people not paying attention to the conditions, the flow, and the purpose of driving. What really drives me crazy is when…

This is NOT a Game!

“Do you think this is funny? This is not a game, young man!” I had made the serious mistake of smiling while the coach was scolding me for messing up a play on the field. In my defense (it actually WAS a game!) I was reacting to being nervous. I have a bad habit of doing that when I’m nervous! But Coach got his point across by making me run laps until I…

EVERYONE Will Be Salted with Fire!

  Salt has been used to preserve, season, and cure illness, and even used as currency in some cultures! Even in our Orthodox cultures salt has been used to express hospitality and welcome. Several Orthodox traditions have salt as a gift when the bishop arrives at a parish. The bishop is met at the door of the church with bread and salt to mark the joyous occasion of his visit. I never…