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.

Charlie in a tree called Peter 1996
Charlie in a tree called Peter (1996)

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.


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4 thoughts on “Don’t Give Up

  1. I wrote a whole comment and WordPress deleted it I think. Anyhow … thank you for this post and this reminder. It’s especially important for those of us who suffer from depression. I will watch the videos. I’m also sorry about your friend. We’ve had that experience with a couple family friends over the years and it really was hard on my parents especially.

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    1. I went through some severe depression in my teens, plenty of which was due to being in the middle of some family drama and such. There’s no way I’d ever want to relive that, but it’s also made me much more sympathetic to people going through stuff. Charlie and I have a mutual friend who was very close to both of us who nearly committed suicide a couple of years earlier, and I was much more involved in that situation. I believe that this friend was able to open up to me because he understood that I knew what he was going through. Even back then, as a teenager, I had some sense that God was using those experiences that I had gone through to do something good for someone else. It’s just not going to be everybody else.

      Right now, there’s something going on that I can’t really blog about. When it’s over, then I’m sure that I can write about some of it. Maybe that’s why I’m blogging again. As someone now more than 20+ years older, there’s certainly a different perspective on everything, but it doesn’t mean that all of this isn’t excruciatingly painful. The post kind of wrote itself – I’ve had the Tyler Perry video thing in my tabs for a month, and stumbled upon the Abbot Tryphon videos yesterday. It wasn’t until I was writing the post that I remembered that one of these days was Charlie’s birthday, and it just seemed appropriate to add that to the post.

      I know you’ve mentioned a situation by you & hopefully that’s going to be resolved well and quickly. Today is kind of sunny; a small reminder that spring is coming one of these days.

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