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!