This evening we celebrated Matins with Lamentations at the tomb of Christ. It's always been one of my favorite services of the year. Ever since Holy Week 2011 when I was mourning our miscarried baby, Innocent, buried the week before, however, it has had special meaning. Isaiah saw the never-setting light of Thy compassionate manifestation … Continue reading “The dead shall arise”
[This is a follow-up to an earlier post, "Don't get caught under the net."] What do we think or feel when we hear those words? The impression is of a good thing, even a desirable and godly thing. After all, the word "righteous" is right there at the beginning. And "indignation" is usually something someone … Continue reading “Righteous Indignation”
I don't usually share things like this, but I've struggled with it for so long and finally had an epiphany. Probably most of us get angry when we see one person hurt another. When the "hurt" is magnified to mass murder and the "one person" is really a succession of multitudes acting on the same … Continue reading Don’t get caught under the net.
Frequently I am reminded of how blessed I am to have godly, Christian women I call friends. Friends who do not lead me into idle talk, or criticism, but who strengthen and inspire me. I pray for them and I know that they pray for me. Most of these women I almost never see, and … Continue reading Godly Friends
The dress Take 2 is done and I'm wearing it now, but haven't really taken photos in it yet. You can still see her baby face here: Moppet gave Indy a lecture the other morning. "Don't scratch people. That's bad. If you don't scratch them, then they'll like you. Don't bite. That's bad. If you're … Continue reading Bits and pieces
We just wrapped up Cheesefare yesterday and now the Great Fast has begun. I felt like Forgiveness Vespers was unusually well attended this year. Mittens fell asleep shortly after it began which meant I was actually able to stay inside for the whole service. Everyone has been enjoying watching the little puppies grow up week … Continue reading Wrapping up Cheesefare
Gorgeous afternoon, breezy, low humidity, 69. The windows are all open and it's bliss to sit in front of one and work on a censer. In the midst of this loveliness, there is grief. Please pray for the child of God, Austin, who killed himself, and for his family, particularly his grandfather, Doug, who had … Continue reading Loveliness and a prayer request
Today much of my extended family is traveling to Apalachicola for my aunt's funeral tomorrow. I am not, for multiple reasons including the need to take care of sick children. Originally it was because I would be attending services for Theophany tomorrow but with so much illness that has been set aside. My absence from … Continue reading A servant’s heart
There's so much I could say about Aunt Susan. She was such a lady, a gracious and loving mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. I think everyone who knew her is a better person for it. When I think of her, however, I almost think of her first as a peacemaker. That doesn't mean she was … Continue reading Blessed are the peacemakers
Aunt Susan departed this life a brief while ago with her family by her side. May her memory be eternal! With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Thy servant, Where there is neither sickness and sorrow, and no more sighing, but life everlasting.