For That Which Does NOT - Praise God
Any step in the right direction is progress. And we all know to be gracious and grateful for any progres we can make in this life.
We often do not even consider the potential or terrible things that might have happened - when bad things do not happen to us.
After Nativity of Jesus Christ, we are told that Herod, out of fear of losing his earthly kingdom, wealth and power, sought to kill Jesus as a baby. When he found that Bethlehem would be the birth place, he ordered the death of all male infants under a year old. These are considered the first martyrs - the Holy Innocents. We ask them to pray for us.
And the three kings and Joseph were both warned. Joseph, by an angel.
Fr. John Brian talks about the need for the prayers of others. "By prayer," he says, "we hold each other up."
Please pray for Fr. John Brian who continues to encourage us in the continuing development of Christian spirituality.
This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the Syrian calendar and was given on Sunday, December 29, 2013 by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
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