Things I Think

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  1. Jeff Sheckstein says:

    When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well with my soul.

  2. Jean says:

    Thank you Michael.

  3. Captain Kevin says:

    Thank you for this timely reminder, Michael!!

  4. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I think the despair etc is caused because we do not want to fend for ourselves.
    I am totally self centered when it comes to this life.
    I look at what happens in my city – well both cities that I own homes and I look to what is up with my kids and grandkids — and nothing larger.

    In my lifetime the “system” will not overcome me and mine – as long as I have breath I will not allow it. It makes no difference who is in the White House or Congress – I am charged with being in charge on me and mine.

    Anyone who in their own minds has given that away or even thinks the government already controls it is a schmuck.

  5. Xenia says:

    I had a revelation yesterday.

    Some of my relatives fell into panic mode the past week as it looked like a particular candidate was narrowing the gap.

    But yesterday, all the Russian churches on the west coast were closed for the day so we all could assemble at the Orthodox cathedral in San Francisco to celebrate the consecration of my dear friend, travel guide, mentor and teacher Archimandrite Irenei to the office of Bishop. Everyone shouted Axios! Axios! Axios! Worthy!

    And he is worthy. He is young (in his late 30’s) and has the zeal of an evangelist. He is a traditionalist and won’t betray the teachings of the Church. He is an American, which is what the Orthodox Church needs if we are going to win people to Christ. He is well-educated w/ a PhD in patristics from Oxford.

    I realized that whoever wins tomorrow- and it’s a loss whoever wins- I am a citizen of a different Kingdom and my beloved Father Irenei- now Vladyka Irenei- constitutes my government, the only government that really matters in my world. I have my ruler and he is not an adulterer, liar, scammer, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, pro-war, etc. He is not perfect: I’ve traveled with him and know his faults- but he is a decent, god-fearing man and I am happy to have him ruling over our Church. Axios!

    Whoever wins tomorrow, I am going to wish them the best, pray for their success, and try not to get too angry at things they do or say. As Christians, God tells us to respect those in authority over us and I will give it my best effort, with God’s help. No more name calling, no more deliciously snarky conversations with my daughters, that will all come to an end. Lord have mercy.

    So T or C will be the ruler of my early kingdom, one I am increasingly disinterested in. Bishop Irenei is the ruler of my spiritual kingdom on earth, although we all know God is the Ruler over all.

  6. Michael says:

    Xenia,

    Great perspective..and congratulations on the new bishop.

  7. Dallas says:

    “my early kingdom, one I am increasingly disinterested in”

    Xenia, really appreciate this description.

  8. Em ... again says:

    Rev 3:17″For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” at least it looks like you’re ahead of the folks at Laodicea, Michael 🙂

    in this country at this time, perhaps we are way too comfortable as we cling to our prosperity, our IRAs and our pensions and claim righteousness…
    i do thank God for having lived in the time and place in history that i have… what a privilege to look back over the recorded history of pretty much the whole world … on the secular as well as the spiritual we are privileged, but i think we are also without excuse…

    i don’t do well with either philosophy or platitudes when i am under duress, but may your soul prosper and affirm all the good and true comments here even as your flesh betrays you is my prayer…

  9. bob1 says:

    I hate to see people on here falling for the “false equivalence” notion that Trump and Clinton are both equally evil/rotten/etc. If you care about the future of our republic, think hard before you vote. Think about your children and grandchildren and what kind of country you want them to live in.

    https://newrepublic.com/article/138460/donald-trumps-lasting-damage-communities

  10. Xenia says:

    Obviously, in my #6 I meant to say “earthly Kingdom,” not early Kingdom.

    bob1, are you suggesting that people here do not care about the future of our republic or about our children and grandchildren and that we do not think before we vote?

  11. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    bob1 – do you really think Trump and or Clinton are really evil people?
    I know some real evil people down through history and I don’t know that either rise to that level.

  12. Xenia says:

    Thanks, Michael.

    It is bittersweet for me, though. I don’t think there will be many more long theological conversations in his SF office on rainy Wednesday afternoons.

  13. London says:

    “We are no longer a country of dreamers, but of competing nightmares of different types of apocalypse, peddling fear and rage and threatening the end of things known and the terror of things unknown.”

    Yes.

  14. filbertz says:

    the old saying states, ‘you become like that which you behold.’ Too many have fed on the cynicism, bitterness, and hatred over the past two years of this so-called race. We have conflated the risks into threats, the faults into evil, the challenges into dead-ends, the finish line into a deadline. I have felt exhausted by the process of this election–but it has nudged me toward some decisions. I will personally seek unity with my neighbors–as much as it depends on me, I will be at peace with them. I will support the next president with my prayers, patience, and words. I will be civil in my discourse and seek to remember our hope does not lie in political ‘power.’ The real change starts within the individual.

  15. John 20:29 says:

    i think these days are behind us… i wonder what’s next…

  16. Michael says:

    “The real change starts within the individual.”
    Amen…

  17. Paige says:

    Amen Xenia…and X, I knew what you meant…. and I heartily say Amen.

    “and the things of earth, will grown strangely dim, in the light of His Glory and Grace”.

    Amen Filbertz. Great word…. and amen. We really only have the ‘power’ to effect change in our own circle, home, family, work place.

  18. David H says:

    As I see it now after a moment of reflection, why get wound up about this election. Am I concerned, yes I am. But, I’m less so than awhile back.

    We have before us two deeply flawed candidates, with few, if any redeeming character traits. What ever shakes out I live under another authority. I’m an alien here.

    It won’t be over tomorrow, by a long shot. I see the US going through a four year political, and economic roller coaster. There will be two warring factions. The culture warriors, who’s generals are long in the tooth, will not go down without a fight. They are like the Japanese soldiers who hid in caves still fighting WWII. On the other side are the aging remnants of liberalism. They are like the old guys in the home arguing over the 1956 World Series. Each side is led by folks that have a complete misunderstanding of the nation’s social, political, cultural, and economic trajectory.

    Like times past people my age are dismissive of the generation which will follow us. We do this to our own peril. We’re doing exactly what our parents’ generation did – throwing the new on the fire, when we need to nurture it and help it grow.

    I, for one, refuse to abandon those that will follow me. It’s their time to try to save the world. Let them. I take it as my personal mission to encourage them. It doesn’t make me feel good to try to rip their hearts out and make them cynical, nasty, and mean.

  19. Michael says:

    Good word as usual, David.

  20. David H says:

    Michael, I love this blog. I don’t post a lot, but it’s one of those rare places that helps me to think critically.

    At the place where I am in my intellectual journey, I’m free to think again.

    That was something that I beat myself up for, selling out my own brain to a religious group.

  21. Dan from Georgia says:

    Good News! The sun WILL rise Wednesday morning! Yes, I know its cliche, but so what.

    Right now the pundits on talk radio and political TV are having a hissy fit and will continue to do so after tomorrow evening. Regardless of the victor, there will be talk of the destruction of the Good ‘ol U.S. of A, there will be talk of “they will be coming for you (insert your favorite persecuted group), and there will be talk of the second coming being imminent.

    Relax.

    Chill.

    Take the high road.

    Others here have suggested likewise. Do so. Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Do not fear. Float above the morass.

    I know it isn’t easy, and I won’t kid you in telling you I am perfect in these things. My comments is directed at me as much as anyone else.

    Peace of Christ to You.

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