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We had some door-to-door exterminators come by yesterday. They all had these cute, mini-Segways you steer with your knees. I thought that was clever albeit not very good for a workout but since our neighborhood is at such a high altitude, I will give them a pass this time…

The man who sold the treatment plan to us told me a little bit about what is going on at other people’s homes in the neighborhood; ‘You have a very, buggy neighborhood, and your neighbor around the corner has large rats we’re getting rid of for him.’

me- “Grrrreeeaaat.”.

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I do like it that they sweep the cobwebs off of the house and clean up the dead bodies (mice, mice, baby). Our neighborhood is older and we live in the mountains. I’m surprised people have not yet been carried off by some of the smaller wild life let alone the bigger wild life although one woman in our area was supposedly bitten on her bottom by a bear one day when she was in her backyard. I can neither confirm nor deny this information but it did make it into the local news.

We do see bears from time to time in our neighborhood. A tech is coming by next week with bait traps for the voles. If I were to plant a garden now, I think it would be eaten up from the bottom due to all of the wild life in our yard. It has gotten very bad out there with vole holes.

I am a bit excited to have a critter free home and yard! We’ll see.

How are all of you doing? Who needs prayer?

I am paraphrasing but today’s reading in the book; Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives by Elder Thaddeus was about not allowing ourselves to become to wrapped up in the cares of the world. How can you detach more from the cares of the world? Are you a news junkie? do you visit conspiracy theory websites? Even the MSM can get too carried away (pretty much all of the time!!) so I avoid it all.

It can be frustrating to watch the news especially when it is so obviously biased about what is going on in Israel, and still focused on blaming Mr. Trump for everything.

Detach. Tell your family not to bother you with news updates, and avoid reading or watching the news for a few days and see if you feel better. It can be difficult. Everyone wants to tell me about the news. I think they think I am missing out but it is my choice not to watch or read the news so I must keep reminding them not to tell me anything about it. People do tend to get too wrapped up in it. It’s not as if knowing what is going on will change the world.

You can pray for the world without watching the news everyday. There will always be; war, famine, violence, protests, etc. Solomon said, ‘There is nothing new under the sun.’. He was right.

Say your prayers, give alms, go to church and avoid the world!


Scripture and saints

Scripture Readings

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Virgin Martyr Glyceria at Heraclea, and with her, Martyr Laodicius, Keeper of the Prison (ca. 177). Righteous Virgin Glykéria of Novgorod (1522). Translation of the Relics of Ven. Makáry, Archimandrite of Obruch (or Kanev—1678). Martyr Alexander of Rome (284-305). St. Pausicacus, Bishop of Synnada (606). St George the Confessor, with his wife, Irene, and their children, of Constantinople (9th c.). St. Euthymius the New (1028), founder of Ivḗron Monastery, and his fellow Georgian Saints of Mt. Athos: his father, John, his cousin, George, and Gabriel. Monastic Martyrs of Ivḗron (Mt. Athos).

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First of all, Orthodox Christians do not worship saints or the Theotokos (virgin Mary to others). When I brought this up he steadfastly kept trying to convince me being Orthodox was wrong without coming out and saying it is wrong. He brought up how ‘wrong’ it is for Jesus to be depicted on the cross. It is not.

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See the itty bitty skull at the foot of the cross? That is Adam’s skull and the blood of Christ is redeeming us all. It is a powerful symbol and I just can’t have a cross now that does not show this very important reminder.
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Theotokos (Mary) holding Christ in her lap.

The entire visit was an attack against Orthodoxy from asking the saints to pray for me, to icons, to… you get the picture. By the time I left I was exhausted.

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I made the mistake of trying to defend myself and Orthodoxy. Some how along the way in Christianity the scripture that tells us to provide an answer for our hope has turned into, ‘argue with everyone’.

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This does not mean argue with everyone, pick fights, and be unpleasant. People do not convert to Christianity because you were a better debater than they. It’s not as if I joined a cult for heaven’s sake! I went and converted to the original Christian church. The church that was started at Pentecost. This person thinks we are roman Catholic, we are not and no matter how many times I remind him I am not a Roman Catholic he still uses RC references.

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While I was not hostile, I certainly was not at peace and I took the bait. I began to debate with him. What I really should have done was just shrug my shoulders and say, ‘I don’t know.’.

These sorts of ‘debates’ really do not accomplish anything beyond hurt feelings and bruised egos.

Lord forgive me. Help me to acquire a spirit of peace and not one of conflict. Help me to consider those around me better than I and to be quiet & humble. Amen.

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