Breathing for the World, and Family Life Ministry

In case you haven’t seen it, I’d like to point your attention to Family Life Ministry work that is developing at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the Metropolis of Atlanta.

On the Atlanta Family Life Ministry website, there are several very good daily, weekly and seasonal blogs worth your time.  One includes weekly family devotionals to strengthen your family on its spiritual journey.

My recent favorite is Breathing for the World by Presvytera Kelley Lawrence, who brings her understanding as a medical doctor to present remarkable perspectives on the faith. As Pentecost approaches, she presents a beautiful way to consider what we’re doing at Divine Liturgy:

“And the Lord God said…behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.”
– Ezekiel 37: 5

“Mom, why do we have to go to liturgy?” I’m sure many kids ask this question at some point, if not often. When my daughter’s Godmother was asked this question by one of her children, she gave an answer that is one of my favorites because it changed the way I think about liturgy. She said that we go to liturgy to “breathe for the world”. Now I can imagine that during each service…

Inhale: visions into the heavenly realm through iconography surrounding me

Exhale: for peace in the world, Lord have mercy   [… read the rest on her blog…]

The Holy Spirit gives the breath of lives, and we are breathing for the world — allowing the Holy Spirit to infuse the world through us.

The national Department of Marriage & Family Ministry is becoming the Center for Family Care, with a new website under development. You may recall that the Associate Director, Melissa Tsongranis, kindly invited Fr. Evan Armatas and me to join her for a webinar on Preparing Your Family for Great Lent.  We had such a great time, and I’ll be back in the Fall with my co-author Caleb Shoemaker to talk about Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home. Take a look at the list of archived webinars available, on topics impacting families from Infertility to Elder Care.

This is the department behind the Family Connections page of the Orthodox Observer, and you can sign up for their Family Link emails online.

I like to sign up for email newsletters, so that I am reminded take advantage of online resources like these.

About Elissa Bjeletich Davis

Elissa Bjeletich is the mother of five daughters, and serves as the Sunday school director at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, Texas. Find more information on her website:

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