Hello dear friends! I pray this Sunday finds you all well. I find myself at home this Sunday. We’ve been battling covid in our household and though we are feeling much, much better we thought we’d wait one more Sunday before heading back to the crowds. I’ve missed being at Church.
Reading through the hymns for this weekend I am of course reminded that Sundays are bright and beautiful and full of great joyful reminders of the Resurrection. I absolutely love the hymnography we get to sing each weekend.
I have been so distracted over the last year that I have been forgetting, regularly, what my focus needs to be. Christ, Who has “enlightened all of creation”, Who has filled the whole universe with His beauty and joy, Who “has granted us eternal life and great mercy.”
I yearn to get back into the rhythm of seeking His joy and beauty every day. I don’t know why it is such a struggle to get back into the good habits we so desire. But I know that Paul also had these struggles and it brings me comfort knowing I am not alone. “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” (Romans 7:19)
As we end January (already!??) I recommit to my goals of becoming a Kindler of Joy, a healing presence. I know I need to bring my focus back and I find encouragement in the words of Paul.
Rejoice in the Lord always, Again I say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.Phil. 4:4-9
As we move into February we soon begin to think on Great Lent which is fast approaching. The Lenten Triodion begins in just two weeks time! This begins the 3 Sundays leading up to the start of Great Lent. We begin to ready our hearts for the work of this penitential season of renewal. Every year I look forward to this time. The season of the great fast and Pascha is by far my favorite time of year. Each year I pray for just one step closer to true repentance and renewal. Just like creation around us is waking up, renewing its growth, I too feel like my senses are waking up and my desire to walk closer to Jesus is renewed and intensifies. The Church encouraging me on through the many extra services and beautiful hymnography.
Oooooo, I can’t wait!
I’ve renewed all my Lenten Postcard listed on Etsy and they are ready for purchase! I created these so that we could encourage one another during the great fast! Check them out!
Pascha cards are also ready for purchase. Although I am currently working on a new design for 2022! Keep watch for it.
What are you looking forward to in the month ahead? Oh, yeah…I forgot one more thing I am so excited about for February! Our Pre-Lenten Women’s Retreat!
We’d love to have you join us! It will be awesome!
What do you hope February brings for you? I’d love to hear from you.
Have a very blessed Sunday, my friends!