According to the Orthodox Christian calendar, we are smack in the middle of the last week of a season known as the Great Lent.
In the art of spiritual direction, we talk about sitting with a person so that we can take “a long, loving look at the Real.” (Walter Burkhardt) Lent is about taking that loving look at our life in relationship to, in, and with the Real – who is Jesus Christ.
This time, I would like to extend to all of you an invitation to join me in “sitting with Jesus” through the spiritual disciple of self-denial.
Looking Past The Mirror - Part II
And the best part yet? —Part II of “Looking in The Mirror.”
I hope you enjoy it as much, or more, as you enjoyed the first one.
But before I unpack the comforting promise from Jesus, found in Matthew 11:28-30, let me review what prompted me to write about it in the first place.
In last month’s blog, I raised the question, “Have you ever had a lot of trouble with the person you see in the mirror every day?” I talked about Paul’s words to the Romans (7:19), and I asked, who among us has not worried over “doing those things we ought not to have done and leaving undone those things we ought to have done?”
Looking In The Mirror - Part I
Have you ever had a lot of trouble with the person you see in the mirror every day? I think theologically about everything. It is in my nature! So, when that happens to me, I think about the apostle Paul’s words to the Romans (7:19), and I ask, who among us has not worried over “doing those things we ought not to have done and leaving undone those things we ought to have done?” I know exactly what it is like to wage an inner war within myself and I, at times, do not do the thing I ought to do.
It is not unusual for us, humans, to go for instant gratification to merely satisfy our desires and, more times than not, regret the outcome.
A Storybook Wedding
Can you believe this is almost the end of January? Wow! It feels like popping the champagne bottle to celebrate the New Year just happened yesterday.
In this month’s blog I share with you my latest blessing. My baby girl just got married! The most beautiful wedding! You probably have an idea how much weddings cost. This one cost a tiny fraction of a regular wedding and yet, in the words of my mom Irene, we had “a storybook wedding.”
A Merry Christmas and A Bountiful New Year
I wanted to make a short video to greet you this Christmas, but I am unable. My family and I are under the weather. I believe we have the flu. Fun! Not really.
Honestly, I also don’t have much energy to write a lesson about the incarnation of God. So, here we are!
How does the Christmas message come to you this season?