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Peaceful Reflections

Take some time on this day to just sit quietly, ponder on the words of God and His saints – reflect on the wonders of this life and all of creation.

For the past two days, my family gave me a wonderful gift.  I asked for it and they conceded.  We had two totally peaceful days of RELAXATION and FAMILY TIME in our home.  It was vacation at home- and was so wonderful.  We simply enjoyed each others company and relaxed....forgetting about our earthly worries and spending time relaxing and enjoying the people God put into our lives.  Thus, today's reflections center on family. Not all of these quotes are from Saints or the bible as I usually attempt for our Sunday reflections, but all are important for our reflection.  I hope you enjoy.

With so many and different levels of interpersonal relations, the family becomes the most dynamic and effective unit for the formation of the human personality. While in all other forms of human coexistence the driving force remains a social motivation, in the family and the Church, which is the family of God, the motivation is existential and sacramental. This is precisely why family and Church are of unique importance in the preparation of the individual as a citizen.  ~Orthodox Research Institute "Family:  An Orthodox Christian Perspective"

Family is not an important thing.  It's everything.  ~ Michael J. Fox (actor)

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. ~Desmond Tutu

“It is of great significance if there is a person who truly prays in a family. Prayer attracts God’s Grace and all the members of the family feel it, even those whose hearts have grown cold. Pray always.”   ~ Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

Our family life, like our garden, requires continual care. Within our family our first care must be care of ourselves. If we don’t care for ourselves we will have nothing left over for others.  ~Albert S. Rossi  Family As Garden Resource Handbook  OCA.Org

For further reflection, check out this great article!  Resource Handbook - Family as Garden

 

Lord,  Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!

 

Peaceful Reflections
Sun through trees Take some time on this day to just sit quietly, ponder on the words of God and His saints - reflect on the wonders of this life and all of creation.

 

Today's Gospel reading comes from Luke 8:41-56.  It is the story of Jairus and his daughter. The man falls at Jesus' feet and begs him to come help his twelve-year-old daughter who is dying.  As the multitudes gather around Him as he walks to the home of Jairus, a woman with a flow of blood reaches out to touch him. Jesus feels the power of healing go out of him and tells her it is her FAITH that has made her well. At this moment, a messenger arrives and tells Jairus that his daughter has already passed from this life. But Jesus tells Jairus to not fear, but to HAVE FAITH. Arriving at the home, Jesus tells the mourners the child is just sleeping. They scoff at his remark. Yet, just a short while later, the child arises with  vigor!

It was faith that saved the woman with the hemorrhage, and faith that saved the daughter of Jairus.  The power of faith is STRONG.

"Your Lord is Love: love Him and in Him all men, as His children in Christ. Your Lord is a fire: do not let your heart be cold, but burn with faith and love. Your Lord is light: do not walk in darkness of mind, without reasoning or understanding, or without faith."  ~  St. John of Kronstadt

“Just as the blessings of God are unutterably great, so their acquisition requires much hardship and toil undertaken with hope and faith.”~ St. Macarius the Great

"We have very little faith in the Lord, very little trust. If we trusted the Lord as much as we trust a friend when we ask him to do something for us, neither we as individuals nor our whole country would suffer so much.” ~ Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica from Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.