The Two Trees (31 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] On the Way … A new path. The Wilderness reversed? The Garden is now to our right, the Hill to our left. We have turned around. We are following. He did live. He did die. He now lives. We follow him … out of [Read More…]

YOUR PRAYERS ARE REQUESTED FOR OUR MEN & WOMEN IN THE ARMED SERVICES

Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. O Lord God of hosts, O God of our salvation, O God who alone workest wonders: Do Thou look down with mercy and compassion upon Thy humble servants and, out of love for mankind, hearken and have mercy on us. Look with mercy, we pray Thee, [Read More…]

The Two Trees (30 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] In the Garden … We’re here only for a brief stay — just till we can clear our head and move on. In the Garden, things make sense. In the Garden, all is rational, relative. We know that the dead don’t live. We are [Read More…]

The Two Trees (29 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] In the Wilderness … Once again, we’re uncertain of our location. We were on the Hill, preparing to enter the Cave, when all of a sudden our surroundings became hazy — clouded judgment? A voice behind us says “Turn back! You are lost!” Ahead [Read More…]

The Two Trees (28 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] Again on the Hill … “He did not die.” It was but a voice, a thought. One not invited, but present nonetheless. Of course he died … we’ve seen it. We continue to see it. It is somehow connected with love. Love for us. [Read More…]

The Two Trees (27 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] On the Hill … An answer: “The key is not in the forgetting but in the forgiving.” “This is too hard a thing for me, Lord. In the Garden, when I forget, I am able to live! Here, when I try to forgive, it [Read More…]

Tolerance, Democracy & COG’s

This article is posted on Orthodoxy Today. While I understand the sentiments of the author — and have made similar arguments with regard to the coexistence of Islam and Christianity in the Middle East — I found a few areas of disagreement. [Read more…]

The Two Trees (26 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] In the Wilderness? The Creature. What would we do? Where would we be without him? He is so full of encouragement and knowledge. We may be moving soon … to the Garden. The creature tells us that the Wilderness is actually part of the [Read More…]

The Two Trees (25 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] Again in the Wilderness … Our time on the Hill was very brief. We did not want to be there. But, because we trusted the voice in the Wilderness, there we were. But we did not want to be there. We’d rather be alone. [Read More…]

The Two Trees (24 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.] In the Wilderness … Doubts. Funny. On the Hill our doubts are brought on by questions. In the Garden, they are due to answers received. Whom to trust? The more friends we found in the Garden, the lonelier we became. They became, like the [Read More…]