the beginning middle and end

the beginning middle and end

  We are approaching a beautiful time of repentance set aside for us in the life of the Orthodox Church. It is a time of reconciliation and spiritual growth Already the Church has been priming us with the beautiful Sunday’s of preparation… the humility of the tax collector, the coming to his senses of the Prodigal Son.  Judgement Sunday is a great call bringing us to our senses that we are not saved alone, our lives are not our...

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the gates of innocence

the gates of innocence

  This is a gate of the road leading to the pasture of our small family farm… As we approach the time of the Orthodox Christian beautiful fast, which is more to say the beautiful emphasis on repentance (rekindling the Greatest Commandment in our hearts) the Church blesses and fortifies us with the hymn  “Open to me, O Giver of Life, the gates of repentance: for early in the morning my spirit seeks Your holy temple…”...

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to create a wreath divine

to create a wreath divine

  Remember your Creator until the silver cord is removed, And the golden flower is pressed together Ecclesiastes 12:6   A discarded sunshiny flower bloom on that blessing bearing table outside the town coffee shop.  This lonely little flower on a cold wintry morning, immediately reminded me of a Christmas carol taught to me by an older woman, a Romanian Canadian choir director, who pulled so many of us into her choir –...

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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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