Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tea flowers and hope

Wouldn't it be nice to have tea

with friends everyday!


I learned more about the topic of orphans

human trafficking and

other problems in Ukraine;

as my sister and brother-in-law are in Romania

working with orphans

this topic is very close to my heart.


I have the problem right now of unemployment

but I have a Mother,

and a Christian Mother at that.


It is hard to imagine the suffering of many orphans

and it is a deep comfort and instructive

that God is so clear about the love

He has for orphans

and our responsibility to care for them.


It makes realizing that tea with a friend is

for many in the world

an unknown luxury.


I am working on the French grammar test.

To be honest it is not going all that well;

it is discouraging as there is so much on the practice tests

that I have not been taught

and have never encountered.

My test is Tuesday morning.

But we trust in God
and that He cares for us
regardless of what situation we are in.
Almost two years ago I bought
Reflections on God
excerpted by
Bishop (Saint) Theophan the Recluse
from our Holy Father
(Saint) Ephraim the Syrian.
Published by
I have started reading this again
have been greatly comforted by the reminders of
God's love and for our need of God.
If you have not run across this book, A Spiritual Psalter
I recommend it.
I first hear of it when it was being read on Ancient Faith Radio
a few years back.
Fr. Stephen Freeman has posted from it
which is a great way to get a feel from them and then
if you want and are able to,
you can buy them from the Publisher
or through 8th Day books ...
I can't resist being a librarian
which, since I am one, is probably a good thing...
Wishing you all a joy filled Sunday!
Christ is in our midst!


Patty said...

I love photos of your teas. I'd love to have afternoon tea with my kids every day... wouldn't that be lovely? I wonder how I could do this simply?

And that photo of your icons in beautiful!

thegeekywife said...

God is good and merciful.

Pres. Kathy said...

Glory be to God for all things. We will say an extra prayer tonight for your test! Wishing you a wonderful week!

elizabeth said...

thank you so much Pres. Kathy!!

GW, yes, God is good and merciful!

Patty - thanks! Tea is such a lovely thing... thanks for loving my pictures.