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|The fruit of
the Spirit is love.
love: and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in
him. -- The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy
Ghost which is given unto us. -- Unto you ... which believe he
is precious. -- We love him, because he first loved us. -- The
love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if
one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all,
that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves,
but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Ye yourselves are taught of God to love
one another. -- This is my commandment, That ye love one
another, as I have loved you. -- Above all things have fervent
charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude
of sins. -- Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath
given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a
GAL. 5:22. I John 4:16. ‑Rom. 5:5. ‑I
Pet. 2:7. ‑I John 4:19.
II Cor. 5:14,15. I Thes. 4:9. ‑John
15:12. -I Pet. 4:8. ‑Eph. 5:2.
Featured This Week: Under the Shadow of the Cross
by Rev. Thomas John M.A., M.Div.
It is very important to take a step back from our highly
competitive, fast-paced, over consuming, rat race and take a second
look at ourselves and ponder over the meaning of life and where we
are headed. Lenten season provides an occasion for that. The cross
of Jesus Christ and his life that led up to it provides a frame for
a proper perspective on our life and its pre-occupations.
First, during the Lenten season, fasting and abstinence from foods,
provide us with an occasion to remind ourselves that life has a
meaning beyond eating, drinking and satisfying our basic needs.
While it is true that those basic needs are essential for life, we
are reminded that 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every
word that comes from the mouth of God.' (Matt.4:4) This is often
referred to as the spiritual dimension of human beings. Human beings
have a special calling to live in obedience to God and in
responsibility to his fellow humanity and the world of nature to
which they are inextricably bound. St Augustine’s prayer exemplifies
this very aptly: "Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our
hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee." We can
smother this longing for an ultimate meaning and purpose in life by
being busy with worldly matters and indulging in worldly pleasures,
but it continues to burn in us as a smoldering fire and makes us
Jesus reminds the crowd that followed him after the feeding of five
thousand: "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that
endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you." (John
6: 27). ‘Food that spoils’ alludes to manna which God had given to
the people of Israel in their journey through the desert. (Exodus
16: 13-21) They hoarded manna against the command of God. It bread
worms and became foul; it was spoiled. ‘Food that endures for
eternal life’ is the food in God’s dispensation that God provides
equally to all and according to each ones need. There is no hoarding
of food in God’s dispensation. There will be caring and sharing and
concern for equity. During lent, we are given an occasion to remind
ourselves of the vanity of our consumptive life style and what makes
for happy life.
Moreover, it reminds us of our responsibility to earth and nature.
God created us in his image so that we may image God to the rest of
creation; in other words, we are expected to act as God’s
representatives and stewards to the rest of creation. As Mahatma
Gandhi said: "There is enough for everybody's need, but not enough
for anybody's greed." Lenten season gives us an occasion to reflect
on and repent of our exploitative attitude and over consumptive life
style and our failure to be good stewards of the resources of this
earth. It is in this responsibility to the other - our fellow human
beings and nature - that we become spiritual. The Russian thinker
and theologian, Nicolas Berdyaev, has succinctly put it: "Bread for
myself is a material concern, but bread for my neighbor is a
spiritual concern." We have a responsibility to ensure that
everybody else in the world has enough to satisfy their hunger. Our
responsibility and concern should go beyond our self and our
immediate relations to encompass all people in need and this
beautiful earth, including the flora and fauna.
Fasting and abstaining from foods will not have any meaning unless
we make a determined effort to reverse all exploitative, unjust,
dominating and oppressive relationships. Isaiah 58: 6-9 describes
the fast that is acceptable to God in the following words:
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
To loose the chains of injustice
And untie the chords of the yoke,
To set the oppressed free
And break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
And to provide the poor wanderer with shelter –
When you see the naked, to clothe them,
And not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
And your healing will quickly appear."
We find Jesus Christ as the one who has taken responsibility for his
fellow human beings and the rest of creation and paid the cost for
it with his life. On his cross we find love in action. On his cross
we also find reflected the terrible consequences of our sin; what it
had done to one who came to give us life and life abundant; how we
have forfeited our great inheritance as God’s own Children. But, on
the cross we also find the out stretched arms that are always ready
to embrace a ‘wretch like me’. And on his resurrection, we are given
the hope and promise of a new life, a new creation, and a ‘new
heaven and earth’.
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
Let us make this Lenten season an occasion for awakening the
"spirit" within us and set it aflame so that from our life there
would flow greater light and life to the world around. May we, thus,
experience the power of his resurrection in our life and be agents
of that power to a world subjected to decay under the power of sin.
O God of our Lord, Jesus Christ, help us during this Lenten season
to remember that we are mere dust and yet you have created us and
shaped us in your image and breathed your life giving breath into
our nostrils that we should image God’s love and care to the rest of
Creation. We thank you for this election and calling of us to be
your children and representatives. But we ask your forgiveness that
we have often led our lives in forgetfulness of our election and
calling; that your abundant life has been poured into earthen
vessels. We pray for your grace to recommit ourselves to the path of
the cross and thus dead to sin, we may rise to eternal life with
From the Editor:
Rev. Thomas John is the Retired Head of the
Department of Psychology and Dean at Union Christian College, Aluva.
He is an ordained priest and is very active with the SCM and
Presbyterian Church outreach program in India. I have the privilege
of being associated with Rev. Thomas John and family for over three
Copyright © Rev Thomas John; Source:
Used with permission.
Book: 'With Christ In the School of Prayer' by Andrew Murray
Lesson 27: Christ the High Priest
[Editor's Note: Here is
this week's lesson from the book, 'With Christ in the School of Prayer' by Andrew Murray.
This book is a very important reference book on intercessional prayer, something Orthodox Church believes in greatly.
Murray skillfully describes the role of the Holy Spirit within the church and exhorts Christians to
use the blessings God has given us. This book is a guide to living a life as a temple of the Holy Spirit.
If you have missed the earlier lessons, please read them in
I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that
they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before
the foundation of the world. '
- John 17:24 (NKJV).
In His parting address, Jesus gives His disciples the full revelation of what
the New Life was to be, when once the kingdom of God had come in power. In the
indwelling of the Holy Spirit, in union with Him the heavenly Vine, in their
going forth to witness and to suffer for Him, they were to find their calling
and their blessedness. In between His setting forth of their future new life,
the Lord had repeatedly given the most unlimited promises as to the power their
prayers might have. And now in closing, He Himself proceeds to pray. To let His
disciples have the joy of knowing what His intercession for them in heaven as
their High Priest will be, He gives this precious legacy of His prayer to the
Father. He does this at the same time because they as priests are to share in
His work of intercession, that they and we might know how to
perform this holy work.
In the teaching of our Lord on this last night, we have
learned to understand that these astonishing prayer-promises have not been given
in our own behalf, but in the interest of the Lord and His kingdom: it is from
the Lord Himself alone that we can learn what the prayer in His Name is to be
and to obtain. We have understood that to pray in His Name is to pray in perfect
unity with Himself: the high-priestly prayer will teach all that the prayer in
the Name of Jesus may ask and expect.
This prayer is ordinarily divided into three parts. Our Lord first prays for
Himself (v. 1-5), then for His disciples (6-19), and last for all the believing
people through all ages (20-26). The follower of Jesus, who gives himself to the
work of intercession, and would fain try how much of blessing he can pray down
upon his circle in the Name of Jesus, will in all humility let himself be led of
the Spirit to study this wonderful prayer as one of the most important lessons
of the school of prayer.
First of all, Jesus prays for Himself, for His being glorified, that so He may
glorify the Father. 'Father! Glorify Thy Son. And now, Father, glorify me.' And
He brings forward the grounds on which He thus prays. A holy covenant had been
concluded between the Father and the Son in heaven. The Father had promised Him
power over all flesh as the reward of His work: He had done the work, He had
glorified the Father, and His one purpose is now still further to glorify Him.
With the utmost boldness
He asks that the Father may glorify Him, that He may now be and do for His
people all He has undertaken.
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Seven Ways to Pray During Lent
What do we do when we're facing an upcoming big event, celebration, or special
occasion in our lives? We prepare for it. Holy Week and Easter are "big events"
in the liturgical year of the Church and in the spiritual life of a Christian.
So, as Christians, we prepare spiritually for these through the forty days of
Lent. This means that, during Lent, we rededicate ourselves to prayer.
There are as many ways to pray as there are prayers in this world, but a few
prayer methods can help us in particular to spiritually prepare ourselves during
1. Make your abstinence a prayer-in-action.
As Catholics we are called to give up something for Lent. Chocolate, coffee,
that extra helping of dinner, one less hour of video games or watching
DVDs—whatever it is, you can make what you're giving up for Lent a prayer as
well: a prayer-in-action. Whenever you encounter the thing you are abstaining
from or the time of day that you would normally enjoy it, take a moment to say a
prayer in recognition of your wholeness in God even without the thing you have
given up. Thank God for the freedom to be wholly yourself without this and, at
the same time, acknowledge the gift of its existence in the world.
2. Renew yourself through personal reflective prayer.
Lent is a time of spiritual renewal. One easy step you can take is to use the
many free online resources to jump-start or reinvigorate your prayer life. A few
such resources are Loyola Press's popular 3-Minute Retreats and Seven Last Words
of Christ guided meditation, or try the prayer reflections offered by the Irish
Jesuit site Sacred Space. If you're seeking more traditional support for your
personal reflective prayer, consider a book specially designed to nourish you
during Lent, such as Seven Weeks for the Soul or Praying Lent.
3. Meditate on Holy Scripture with Lectio Divina.
Perhaps the oldest method of scriptural prayer known to Christians is lectio
divina or "holy reading." This method of prayer is characterized by the slow
reading and consideration of a text from Scripture, with repetition and
meditation on key words or phrases. Lectio divina is rooted in the belief that
the scriptural word speaks in the human heart as the word of God and can reveal
the thoughts of our hearts in response to God. In this way, lectio divina leads
to a deeper communion with the Divine.
4. Reflect deeper on your liturgical prayer.
When you attend Mass during Lent, be conscious of and meditate on the words you
pray in the liturgy. For example, the Eucharistic Prayer, the highlight of each
Mass, has special significance during Lent. After receiving communion, you may
want to sit and reflect more deeply on this great prayer of the Church.
5. Join or start a prayer group.
There are many benefits to praying with others. In group prayer you're able to
offer and experience a positive example, needed support and encouragement,
different perspectives, and the inspiration to grow in the Christian life. A
simple way to get started is to invite your spouse, a family member, or close
friend to pray with you on a regular basis throughout Lent. You can also contact
your local parish and inquire about prayer groups or prayer circles being
sponsored. Or start your own communal prayer group. For example, the Meeting
Christ In Prayer kit offers step-by-step instructions, guides, and all the
necessary resources so even a beginner can start praying with others.
6. Pray with children or as a family.
Being a parent, guardian, or teacher is a holy ministry and a sacred promise.
Share your faith with children by letting them see and hear you pray, and by
praying together. Guided Reflections for Children: Praying My Faith, Praying
with Scriptures, and 52 Simple Ways to Talk with Your Kids about Faith are all
practical, realistic resources to help you make the most of your prayer time with
children. And don't forget about family dinners. Dinnertime is a great
opportunity to start or enliven a tradition of family prayer during Lent.
7. Start a practice of daily prayer that will last after Lent.
Perhaps the best prayer advice is to use Lent as a time to instill prayer habits
that will last long after Lent has concluded.
So enjoy your Lenten prayer. And don't think you have to do all the above.
Perhaps choose one or two of these prayer methods to concentrate on—and then you
can more fully experience the pilgrim journey toward Easter that is Lent.
Source: LoyolaPress.com (edited)
For reading & meditation: Ephesians 3:14-21
" that you... may be able to comprehend with all
We are seeing that once we enter the sanctuary of God our
perspective changes. This can happen to us when we are alone, of course, but the
chances are it will happen more swiftly in the act of corporate worship. It is a
command of God that we meet together, not only that we might come to know each
other better, but that we might also come to know Him better. And here's the
interesting thing - the more effectively we relate to one another, the more
effectively we relate to Him. We come to know God better through the act of
corporate worship than when we worship on our own. That is not to say that the
shut-ins, or those who for various reasons are unable to meet together in
worship, cannot know God intimately, but something special flows out of the act
of corporate worship.
Listen to how C.S. Lewis put it: "God can show Himself as
He really is only to real men. And that means not simply men who are
individually good but to men who are united together in a body, loving one
another, helping one another, showing Him to one another. For that is what God
meant humanity to be like; like players in one band, or organs in one body.
Consequently the only real adequate instrument for learning about God is the
whole Christian community, waiting for Him together. Christian brotherhood is,
so to speak, the technical equipment for this science - the laboratory outfit."
Christians who neglect attendance at the church, or choose
to deprive themselves of fellowship with other Christians, miss out on life's
greatest science - learning about God.
My Father and my God, I am so thankful that, although I can
know You when I am alone, I can know You even better through the fellowship of
the Church. Help me to learn about You in every way I can. In Jesus' Name I ask
For Further Study:
Ephesians 2:1-19; Romans 8:15; 2 Corinthians 6:18;
1. How does Paul describe the Church?
2. What does it mean to be adopted?
Source: Every Day Light Feb 22, 2012
How Can You Meditate on God’s Word?
Psalm 119:15 instructs believers to “meditate on [God's] precepts and consider
[God's] ways.” During the Lenten season of
reflection and meditation, it seems appropriate to ask what exactly it means to
“meditate on God’s Word.” Here’s how the Questions Answered newsletter answers
Meditation is a combination of reviewing, repeating, reflecting, thinking,
analyzing, feeling and even enjoying. It is a physical, intellectual and
emotional activity—it involves our whole being.
In some ways, meditation doesn’t easily fit into Western culture. We value
action and busyness more than stopping and considering. The author of this psalm
was from another time and culture, one with a tradition that valued meditation.
As a result, meditation came more naturally for him and others with his Middle
Eastern background. We have to overcome some cultural obstacles to learn to
There are many ways to meditate on God’s Word. Some possibilities include:
1. Take time to read a verse or passage over and over.
2. Begin to memorize all or part of it.
3. Listen—quiet your heart to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through God’s
4. Consider how it fits with the rest of the Bible and life in general.
5. Become emotionally involved—allow yourself to feel what God feels, his desires
expressed through his words.
6. Move from meditation to application—connect your thoughts to action. Consider
how the truth and power of the Word of God should affect your behavior.
Source: The NIV Quest Study Bible, as presented in the Questions Answered
Family: Three Marriage Lies
by Lysa TerKeurst
I know the heart-ripping hopelessness of a relationship unraveling. The
coexisting. The silent tension. The tears.
The first five years of my marriage were really hard. Two sinners coming
together with loads of baggage, unrealistic expectations, and extremely strong
There was yelling. There was the silent treatment. There were doors slammed.
There was bitterness. There was a contemplation of calling it quits. There was
this sinking feeling that things would never, could never get better. That’s
when I first started hearing the 3 lies:
- I married the wrong person.
- He should make me feel loved.
- There is someone else better out there.
I believed those lies. They started to weave a tangled web of confusion in my
heart. All I could see was all that was wrong with him. I became so blind to his
good. I became so blind to my not so good.
And I wasn’t shy about sharing my frustrations about the whole situation with my
Many nodded their head in agreement with me, making me feel ever so justified.
But one didn’t. She said, “I know what you think. But what does the Bible say?”
Ugghhhh. The Bible? I didn’t think her “religious suggestion” would help me. But
over the next couple of days, I kept hearing her question about looking into the
Bible replaying over and over in my mind.
Reluctantly and with great skepticism, I tried it one afternoon. I turned to a
couple of verses she suggested including 1 Corinthians 13. As I read the list of
everything love is supposed to be, I got discouraged. My love didn’t feel kind,
patient, or persevering. The love in my marriage felt broken.
I closed the Bible. It didn’t seem to do anything but make me feel worse. So
much for that.
Then a few days later I heard an interview on a Christian radio station where a
couple was talking about these same verses. I wanted to gag and turn the
station. What do they know about how hard love can be? That’s when they said a
statement that grabbed me, “Love isn’t a feeling, it’s a decision.”
I went home and flipped to 1 Corinthians 13 again.
This time, instead of reading
it like a list of what love should make me feel, I read it as if I could decide
to make my love fit these qualities. My love will be kind. My love will be
patient. My love will persevere. Not because I feel it — but because I choose
At the same time, God was working on my husband’s heart as well. We decided to
make some 1 Corinthians 13 love decisions. Slowly, the cold stone wall between
us started to come down.
It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t overnight. But slowly our attitudes and our actions
toward one another changed. And I stopped believing the marriage lies and
replaced them with 3 marriage truths:
- Having a good marriage is more about being the right partner than having the
- Love is a decision.
- The grass isn’t greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water and
Maybe you’ve heard the marriage lies before. My heart aches for you if you are
in a hard place in your marriage. And believe me, I know tough relationships are
stinkin’ complicated and way beyond what a simple blog post can possibly
untangle. But maybe something I’ve said today can help loosen one knot… or at
least breathe a little hope into your life today.
I know marriage pain and I know marriage redemption. Building a bridge between
those two realities isn’t easy but it is possible.
Our bridge was the culmination of a lot of little love decisions. Like the one I
saw my husband make yesterday when I left my workout clothes in a pile on the
floor in my bathroom.
This used to be such an aggravation to my man… me and my messes.
But look what I found when I got home… a love decision.
© 2012 Lysa TerKeurst All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.
To learn more visit Lysa's website at:
Too much comfort is dangerous. Literally.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, did an experiment some
time ago that involved introducing an amoeba into a perfectly stress-free
environment: ideal temperature, optimal concentration of moisture, constant food
supply. The amoeba had an environment to which it had to make no adjustment
So you would guess this was one happy little amoeba. Whatever it is that gives
amoebas ulcers and high blood pressure was gone.
Yet, oddly enough, it died.
Apparently there is something about all living creatures, even amoebas, that
demands challenge. We require change, adaptation and challenge the way we
require food and air. Comfort alone will kill us.
Source: John Ortberg, If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat
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World Supplement on Spirituality of Suffering
Health Tip: Feeling Traumatized by the World’s Upheaval? Tips for Writing Off Emotional Pain
The unexpected blows experienced by so many Americans during the current
economic recession have left many dealing with what psychotherapist Daniela
Roher calls "recession stress disorder" – feelings of helplessness, shame and
betrayal, headaches, loss of appetite, insomnia, depression.
Add to that the emotional turmoil endured by tens of thousands of families
directly affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are a nation
George Molho (www.georgemolho.com), author of Scarred, a memoir recounting his
kidnapping as a 7-year-old in 1978, knows well the crippling effects of
emotional trauma. He also knows what it takes to recover and move your life
"Whether you are a ‘writer’ or not, writing has a cathartic and healing effect,"
says Molho, who wrote his memoir as http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Newsletter/a way to move past the pain inflicted by his
father during his year in captivity.
Whether your emotional pain is the result of losing a job or divorcing a spouse,
experiencing the trauma of war or a criminal assault, Molho offers several
suggestions for beginning the healing process by putting your feelings on paper:
• Keep a journal or jot your thoughts on a Post-It, either way you’re getting
them out of your head and putting them into the world. Writing comes from the
subconscious, which sucks in all kinds of data that the conscious mind isn’t
aware of. Much of writing comes from the subconscious mind, so when you write
down your feelings, you release them. It helps cleanse you of the pain, anger
and fear lodged in your subconscious.
• If someone has hurt you and you don’t have the opportunity or courage to
confront them face to face, write them a letter. You don’t ever have to send it;
you can write it and then burn it up. But sit down and write down everything you
would say if you could in that letter. This is especially helpful for people
struggling with a breakup that had no closure – one person up and left the
other. Empty every thought, good, bad, vengeful, whatever, then have a little
bonfire. Light it up!
• Buy a $10 mailbox at the hardware store and put it in the backyard. Then write
letters to God, or whoever your creator is, and "mail" them. It will help you
feel less isolated and alone in dealing with your pain, and more connected with
the world. It helps you see a bigger picture, one that involves faith.
• Look back at your victories, no matter how small or insignificant they might
seem, and count up all the things you’ve overcome. Whether it was getting
through the grief of losing a beloved pet when you were a child or executing a
challenging task on the job, when you start adding up these victories, you begin
to see you’re much stronger and more capable than you might have realized. Write
them down and save them somewhere, so you can pull them out when you need to be
reminded that "I can do this."
• This one doesn’t involve writing but is too valuable to exclude, Molho says.
Help yourself by being a shoulder for someone else. By listening to other people
share their problems and trying to help them, you actually are healing yourself.
When you offer them advice, sympathy and encouragement, you’re talking to
yourself at the same time. Connecting with others who are in pain can help you
deal with your pain.
About George Molho
George Molho worked as a health-care consultant for 15 years before becoming a
writer and public speaker, addressing domestic abuse, child abduction, and
recovering from trauma through self-reflection. He lives in Houston, where he
has volunteered as a board member for several Texas charities and agencies that
assist children and the elderly.
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Recipe: Chick Pea Coleslaw
Great for Lenten days. A very healthy food that can be
enjoyed throughout the year. Add your favorite spices to make it to your liking.
1/2 cup chick peas, soaked and drained
2.5 cups water
1/2 small white cabbage, shredded
2 cups carrot, grated
1 cup mild onions, sliced
5 tablespoons mayonnaise
Cook the beans in the water until tender. Drain.
Mix the vegetables and the bens together and toss in the mayonnaise. Season to
Serve with whole wheat rolls and a green salad.
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by Janet Seever
Awakened by the phone ringing at 11:35 p.m., I fumble for the receiver beside my
bed. Who would be calling at this time of night?
"Hello," I mumble, my brain barely functioning.
"Mom, I'm not in jail." The voice at the other end belongs to my 21-year-old
"What?" My heart is beginning to race and my imagination is running away with
me. It's amazing how quickly those words fully awaken me.
"I'm not actually in jail," my daughter continues. "I'm fine. It's my car."
"What's the matter?" I ask, trying to make sense of what I am hearing.
"My car was impounded. I found out that since it's registered in your name, you
have to be the one to get it out." There is a sense of urgency in her voice.
"At this hour of the night?"
I knew earlier in the day that her car had been missing. She assumed it had been
towed and was trying to locate it. Now she is calling from the city impoundment
lot that closed at midnight, (or so I thought.) It's located in the industrial
area of a city of 900,000 people. I'm not at all familiar with that part of the
city and I avoid it even in daylight. Travel there alone at night? Certainly
I awaken my husband, explaining the situation. Fortunately his concern for our
daughter wins out over his anger at being awakened.
After driving down the freeway, we wind our way down the darkened streets in the
industrial area of the city. The world is eerily silent except for an occasional
"I hope some day that she will believe the signs she reads," I say wistfully.
"She parked in the half-empty parking lot of an apartment building to visit a
friend this morning and ended up staying for three hours. She ignored the sign
that said 'unauthorized vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense.'"
A university student, Rachel had a penchant for parking in unauthorized places
in the cramped lots at school, and had already collected her share of parking
tickets. However, this is her first towing experience.
When we arrive at the impoundment lot, Rachel and her room-mate are waiting for
us and are in a good mood. In fact, she gets me laughing too. The woman at the
desk stares at us in disbelief. No doubt she had seen a good many confrontations
between angry parents and children in similar situations - or has dealt with
angry car owners coming to claim their cars. No doubt laughter in her office is
an extremely rare thing.
"Why are you laughing?" I ask.
"It was a choice between crying and laughing," Rachel says. "I choose to laugh."
"And why did you wait until 11:30 to pick up your car?" I ask.
She explains that although she had gotten off work at 8 p.m., she had chosen to
watch her favorite T.V. program at 10 p.m. as a way to "de-stress" before she
and her friend left to pick up her car.
All it takes is my husband's driver's license for identification, and she is
free to take her 1991 Chevy Sprint rust bucket home. She still has a hefty fee
to pay, but that's now her problem.
As my husband and I drive home, a little short of sleep, I think of other
parents who get phone calls in the night from their children - who really are in
jail, or from police reporting that their child was in an accident, or worse. I
silently breathe a prayer of "thanks" to the Lord that our daughter is safe.
A "jailed" car is trivial in comparison to other things that could have
happened. So many things in life are irritating, annoying, and inconvenient at
the time, but are of no lasting consequences. I think my daughter's philosophy
is a good one. I, too, choose to laugh.
Copyright © 2004
About the Author:
The mother of two adult children, Janet Seever lives in Calgary, Alberta,
Canada. She writes for Word Alive magazine, a publication of Wycliffe Canada,
and has had articles published previously in magazines and on the Web. You can
read more of her writing at: www.inscribe.org/janetseever
Top Ten Signs That Indicate You Might Be An Orthodox Christian
You might be Orthodox if…
10. You are still in church more than ten minutes after the priest says, “Let us
depart in peace.”
9. You forget to change your clock in the spring at Daylight Savings Time, show
up an hour late, but the service is still going on…
8. …but there are people in your community who still can't get to church on time
when the clock gets set back an hour in the fall.
7. You consider an hour long church service to be “short.”
6. You buy chocolate bunnies on sale (after Western Easter).
5. When someone says, “Let us pray…” you reflexively stand up.
4. You went to church four or more times in a week.
3. Your priest is married…
2. …and your vocabulary includes at least three words that describe the wife of
And the number one sign you might be Orthodox is…
1. You say a prayer before you pray.
Source: Fr. George C Mathew
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