Full of Grace... The Lord is with thee... Blessed among women... For You have borne Our Saviour!
Hail Myriam... to her parents their beloved, wished-for child, hence her name!
She desired whilst growing up in the temple, where her aged parents had deposited her towards the end of their earthly lives, to be the handmaiden of the one who was to be the mother of The Lords chosen one. Father Zacharias of St. John Baptist Monastery, Essex explaines her humbleness in her prayer for this desire before God which granted her to be raised up from the lowest place (of service to another who would be chosen) to be the very chosen Mother for God; Who came to BE LIFE for those who chose, and choose, to follow Him. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; The Word became flesh and dwe;t among us..." This Word, This Person, is life giving, but not just by reading and but by actual acceptance and interaction, actual participation with the Person of Christ, The Father, and The Holy Spirit. As God grew in the womb of Mary, Mother of God, let us ask that He visit our hearts and minds as we look to the final enactment of The Incarnation - Holy Pascha, Our Passover, and the love which is poured upon mankind, made in His image, which continues to turn it's back on that LOVE and healing and let us pray; Lord Have Mercy.
I found this on another fellow bloggers' site - Thanks Ron!
What is truth?" Pilate asked Jesus (John 18:38).
He didn't realize the truth was standing right in front of him. Jesus said: "I am the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6). Truth is not doctrine, philosophy, a book...Truth is a person - Jesus! Jesus the incarnate God is the fullness of the Truth. "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17)."
Jesus was praying to the Father..."Sanctify them by the truth; your word (logos) is truth (John 17:17)." Who is the word? [John 1:1 - "In the beginning was the Word (logos), and the Word (logos) was with God, and the Word (logos) was God.]
Fr. Stephen Freeman wrote: "The Bible is not God’s revelation to man: Jesus Christ is God’s revelation to man. The Scriptures bear witness to Him and are thus “true” as a true witness to the God/Man Jesus Christ."..." Things are true and false only as they are compared to Him. He may be compared to nothing else."
Whatever I do today, may I do wholeheartedly and without seeking for my own gain, but the healing of mankind. My Saviour and Lord has shown the way, The Apostles and followers down the ages have kept to His footsteps, and are ready to offer whatever they are required of this day. Only LOVE can make a memory that is worth keeping. May momories which come today be full of love. If they come with pain, let forgivness heal them. May those thoughts be melted by the acceptance of the person I was then, but now changed. I am who I am in life where I am.
Today is the day of Salvation... Reach for The Lord's hand...
Married to Michael, happily!
Orthodox Christian Canine Carer, while owners go on their holidays.
Love all my family and friends wherever they are, in this life or the next.
Repentance is the key to happiness!