It’s been pretty grey the last couple of days in our neck of the woods. It’s made getting up and getting around difficult. It certainly isn’t warm, but the precipitation in the air is still a fine mist of rain rather than snow. It makes for a dreary, dreary atmosphere. Two years ago, I was marvelling at how many people still had their Christmas lights up. This year, the lack of that light makes everything feel down.
I read Abbot Tryphon’s Morning Offering sometimes. It’s a good read, though I think generally aimed at people who are younger adults or haven’t been Orthodox for very long. However, I see that he’s branched out into doing more videos on Youtube, and here are a couple that seem appropriate for the season.
And one that’s from 2020, but still powerful
Also, this has been sitting in my tabs for a long time, and I was debating on connecting it to a gratitude post, but WordPress isn’t letting me embed it: Watch Tyler Perry’s powerful testimony about pain, suicide and not giving up (via Not the Bee). It’s a totally secular testimony to life, but there’s also a lot of important things that are being said.
We are living in a time of insanity, where the good is being called evil, and the evil, good. I don’t think I’m alone when it seems like things both on the macro level and the micro level have gone insane. I think a lot of people perceive that even on a level that they’re not really aware of.
That being said, it’s important to not give up. No, we’re not going to be able to soldier through as if nothing is happening, but the worst thing that a person can do is to give up.
Yesterday was what would have been my friend Charlie‘s 43rd birthday. In another year and a few odd months, he’ll have been dead longer than he was alive. I hadn’t kept up with him in quite some time, and I didn’t even know that he “chose to die” until nearly four years after the fact.
Lord, have mercy.
From dust we came and to dust we’ll go, but in between we’ve got quite a gift, even in the tough times. Don’t give up.