Last week I felt that I was coming down with a cold.
I took lots of vitamins and seemed better....
but this week,
with plumbers coming back and other random things,
including not sleeping well,
I was not able to get the rest I needed
and now have a flourishing head cold.
Please pray for me.
I thought I was going to have my 'meet & greet' for
the Sunday School year this Sunday
and now I don't even know if I will be able to go to
Quite disappointing :(
yet I still hope I will be better by then!
I thought I would show a bit of things
I stocked up on in Ottawa;
a new to me tea...
I have the Tetley 'warm' tea and am almost out...
I still have a hard time with the fact that I just can't go
to a grocer and get some things that are on the shelves
in Ottawa... but I must be thankful for what I do have
and that is a LOT and it includes this lovely tea:
When I saw this book (the red one) by
at the Monastery I began reading it in
the monastery bookstore and found within it an
essay on prayer.
I was drawn into it and thus bought it.
Something I am learning about Orthodox life and Orthodox books:
I am no where near the state of prayer, holiness or goodness that
many (if not all) the books write on... but I can still read them.
The Orthodox church has at once one path to God (Jesus Christ) and
many ways to Christ, by which I mean each person
is so unique, including in their brokenness, that different
advice is needed to help in their healing.
Within this I am learning there can be parts of essays, esp. those
written to monastics, that I can't really do or even think of doing.
But I can be inspired by them to struggle according to
my strength and abilities.
I have not finished the essay on prayer yet
but was very moved by the image I found in it of needing
to pursue God with one's whole being and constantly
call out to God.
I have met people and monastics who I see as
holy, as far beyond where I am;
I find this to be a great encouragement that
even though I can struggle with things in my life for years,
there are people who have struggled and gone on past the struggle
and have gained a holiness, a deep love for people
that shows me what I too want,
even if feebly...
the books are the same for me...
I got these two books from my Ottawa church bookstore.
They had been there for years and now that I am slowly
selling books at my NJ church, I realized that it would be hard
to get these books State side as it were as both books
are from Greece and so they came home with me.
At this point in my life I can't say I will be at all
at the level of what these books talk about
but I can still gain something and grow in
understanding at least.
This one is by New Rome Press
and while it took a little bit of getting use to all the
many quotations in it, it's really quite good.
I really like how despair is described and about
our loving Heavenly Father.
I stocked up on some Ottawa treats...
Bridgehead tea (DV to be used in tea making for Christmas
again this year), an egg substitute for special baking during
the fasts and my Fry's cocoa (even though it is not as good as
in fair trade, it's also tradition and cheaper....and I use a lot of cocoa...)
and a granola that I would eat at times before I married and moved...
the white basket I bought for the fruit I had blessed
on the Feast of Transfiguration and
candles from the Greek Monastery.
I love lighting candles at home for people and
it is one of the few things I can do for others often.
And my Munchkin who stayed with me this summer
loved lighting them with me also...
And so while I have a cold and
am quite fatigued from that, I can at least seek
to remember the many incredible blessings God has given me,
in my marriage to Mr. Husband, our home, my time in Ottawa
and the books and special things I wrote about here.
I do ask your prayers as I really wanted to do Sunday School
this weekend and am just feeling down-for-the-count right now
and I would LOVE to hear what is going on for you today!
I know many of you have kids going back to school,
or are looking forward to the fall or maybe
are struggling with something, as it seems we often are.
Do leave a comment and if I can light a candle for you today...
God is with us and loves us and is merciful...