still still night

still still night

star light star bright star resting over the Cross this night i wish i may i wish i might have only that which “is needful” in Thy sight +++ the song below is  our family’s favorite version of silent night the local youth choir where our kids sing recorded it with the Washington Symphobic Brass at the concert, the composer told us he used a minor setting because he really wanted to capture the mystery of the Nativity he nailed...

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healing garden

healing garden

“Why do we garden?  We garden because we are created in the image of the Master Gardener, in whose likeness we grow in measure as we garden.  We are not only the field that God gardens but his fellow gardeners in the Paradise he is restoring (1 Cor 3:19)  When we garden in humility, with love of truth and beauty, love of the Beloved One himself, Paradise grows up around us.” The Fragrance of God (p. 48) (Vigen Guroian) This...

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train your senses

train your senses

Christians are the “real” realists.  The Son of God by his Incarnation has demonstrated that the world is filled with symbols of God.  These symbols that God has planted in the world testify not only to His existence, but also to the goodness of His Creation.  By the example of His own life, Christ teaches us that through our senses we may commence our spiritual journey, and that He will receive us into Paradise in the full...

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little blessings

little blessings

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa Do you find little blessings throughout your day? They come in all manner of ways and need not even be spectacular. The Cross above was propped up on a tree...

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rejoice greatly

rejoice greatly

The Lord your God is with you.  He shall bring gladness upon you and quiet you with His love. Zephaniah 3:17 +++ The Holy Prophet Zephaniah is commemorated on December 3rd in the Orthodox...

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