A Slice of Life – Kurdistan, Volume 4

We are enjoying spring in this part of the world. The rain has tapered off and with it the large puddle that forms in my kitchen. I am so happy to see that puddle gone. I love the sun and I love light so with these days of 60 degree weather, a joy comes over … Continue reading A Slice of Life – Kurdistan, Volume 4

A View from Above

Bab Zuweila

In the city of Cairo twin minarets stand tall, their silhouettes marked against a clear blue sky. They stand distinguishable from a thousand other minarets because of their fame as a city landmark. The minarets frame a gate still standing since the 11th century, the gate of Bab Zuweila. The minaret towers are so high … Continue reading A View from Above

Forgiveness Sunday and Housecleaning my Soul

"We do not travel the road of Lent as isolated individuals but as members of a family. Our asceticism and fasting should not separate us from others, but should link us to them with ever-stronger bonds". Every two weeks I have house cleaners come into our home. They come in with their high-powered vacuum … Continue reading Forgiveness Sunday and Housecleaning my Soul

The Last Battle as Lenten Reading

It's a grey, rainy Sunday. The bare trees outside accentuate the bleak weather. Slush and ice mark the sidewalk and street as if saying to me "It is, after all, February! What really do you expect?" It may be bleak outside, but it is warm and contemplative inside. It is these days when I am … Continue reading The Last Battle as Lenten Reading

Lenten Journey: Waiting for Aslan

"WHAT an extraordinary place!" cried Lucy. "All those stone animals - and people too! It's - it's like a museum." "Hush," said Susan, "Aslan's doing something." .....Everywhere the statues were coming to life. The courtyard looked no longer like a museum; it looked more like a zoo. Creatures were running after Aslan and dancing round … Continue reading Lenten Journey: Waiting for Aslan

Lenten Journey – Turn the Whole World Upside Down

Around six years ago, an eye doctor named Tom Little was killed in a massacre of 10 international aid workers in Nuristan province in the country of Afghanistan. The story made international headlines as the largest massacre of aid workers during the entire Afghan conflict. Many who didn't even know this man paused to take inventory of … Continue reading Lenten Journey – Turn the Whole World Upside Down

“I Will Not Let You Go Unless You Bless Me!”

There are sometimes few words to describe spiritual struggles. The words seem trite and small compared to how real the struggle feels. So we are left wordless and longing, wishing that somehow, someway, the struggle could be over and our faith repackaged, reconstructed into something we understand. But if we understood it, would it be too … Continue reading “I Will Not Let You Go Unless You Bless Me!”

Meditations and Truth – A Book Giveaway

Sun streams through lace curtains as I sit in my living room. Except for the low buzz of my electronic servants that sit in my kitchen, it is completely quiet. It has felt like a rough week. Orthodox Lent began on Sunday night, a night when I was sitting in an  immigration line that stretched … Continue reading Meditations and Truth – A Book Giveaway

The Beginning of Lent – Eyes Wide Open

I idly sit down at the bench waiting for the subway. I am part of this early morning crowd, here before sun up. We are a quiet, sleepy group. As I look around my eye rests on something someone has left on the bench just a foot away from me. I open my eyes wider … Continue reading The Beginning of Lent – Eyes Wide Open

A Lenten Meditation dripping with Kindness and Grace

By Robynn - Follow Robynn on Twitter @RobynnBlissAlong with thousands of Jesus followers around the world, I began my Lenten pilgrimage yesterday. To me, Lent speaks of journeying toward the Cross. I look forward to it every year. We, the church universal, are invited to participate in His sufferings, to enter into a deeper fellowship with … Continue reading A Lenten Meditation dripping with Kindness and Grace

A God of Process

Lent began yesterday evening in the Orthodox Church and with it a time of reflection and fasting. As I begin this time I am utterly convinced of the above quote and am grateful that God is a God of Process.  ***************** I will not be posting daily during this time of Lent, rather will do … Continue reading A God of Process

The Reluctant Orthodox – Volume 17 “Don’t Kiss the Pharisee!”

"Just one thing" said our Priest's wife to us "Don't kiss the Pharisee." I marveled at this solid piece of advice. She was not referring to a real-life Pharisee, although to go through life and know you are not to kiss the Pharisee is wisdom indeed, rather she was giving instruction on how to venerate … Continue reading The Reluctant Orthodox – Volume 17 “Don’t Kiss the Pharisee!”

The Grace of Forgiveness

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift." Matthew 5: 23,24 My housekeeping the soul began with something called 'Forgiveness … Continue reading The Grace of Forgiveness

When the World is Upside Down

The snow is dirty. So. Dirty. And the woman beside me is eating a too-ripe banana, and the slush and puddles have replaced any sort of magic that big snow brings, and the offensive ordinary is overpowering on this Wednesday. Sometimes you just know you were created for more than this. When the world seems … Continue reading When the World is Upside Down