I survived last week! Thanks to the Pantocrator (Greek “Παντοκρατορ”) literally means “Lord (or master) of Everything (the universe)”! It was a great chance to introduce this amazing Eastern Orthodox Icon linking it to the text I used for the message yesterday, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6.
” If the Good News we preach is veiled from anyone, it is a sign that they are perishing. Satan, the god of this evil world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News that is shining upon them. They don’t understand the message we preach about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
We don’t go around preaching about ourselves; we preach Christ Jesus, the Lord. All we say about ourselves is that we are your servants because of what Jesus has done for us. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made us understand that this light is the brightness of the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
Suddenly I’m wondering how to slip back into my normal routine. Wait! There’s no normal routine for another two weeks! 🙂
I hope to slowly settle into a mode where I can walk through this Lent season with a heart and mind open to the work of the Spirit in my own formation. I feel that increasingly the demand on me from others or mostly from myself is more and more challenging. It’s important to “center”.
Didn’t blog much last week or post comments. That’s ok.
Last night’s wedding dinner was interesting. I was refreshed mentally after spending some time with people whom would be considered “unchurched”. I found it helpful just to be in touch with them. It’s easy to forget what’s it is like or what do they think. Quite a number of interesting moments there. The food was ok, the state of the art video camera set up was impressive. The conversations was what I treasured. Yes, one more thing. We do live in a small world.
I was tickled by the idea that I wrote “mediations” for “meditations” in the Lent Meditation Preface I and a group of friends were contributing in 🙂
This morning didn’t start very well as I slightly “bumped” into someone’s car. Perhaps I was tired or plain careless. The man was just standing there but he wasn’t nasty and I arranged for someone to repair the damage. It’s just I hate “spending” money to for these unnecessary errors.
It’s strange whenever you want to have a good day, you might end up starting lousy.
It was nice to just stay a little longer and see how Gareth sits obediently while his teacher is teaching in school. I’m pround of my son. I’ll be off to pick up Elysia in 30minutes time, she will be turning One next week March 8 on International Woman’s Day– “International Women’s Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men.” wow! Indeed, Elysia is learning to stand up even now 🙂