life as it is seen from my heart and soul

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Greek Orthodox Easter

He is Risen!!
and He is caring for us in ways we never thought possible.
and I am sure there are many that wonder how?
how is this His care when we are at home, without work, no food. sick. potentially dying.
but He is.
because this fall i am sure i will be losing one-quarter to one half of my income and potentially my job. and my spouse is losing income and maybe his job. this fall it will be harder… not just right now, but in several months.
there is no guarantee in this life. none. and at my age and with my life i understand that this earth isn’t the end of my life.
i have a better home with Jesus in Heaven.
so. i trust Him each day. to wake me up. to get me going. to allow me to breathe in air and work and talk and live life in His purposes.
it isn’t about stuff…. life is about relationships on Earth and in Heaven.
people. family. friends. coworkers.
we may not be able to hug each other and we might have to stay 6 feet apart. but to see them in person and not on their computer… oh my.
so be safe. wear your mask. wash your hands.
and know that God is in the midst of all of this ~ teaching us to truly depend on Him and Him alone for everything.

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Palm Sunday

and our new normal. of being isolated. at home alone.
here in Ohio we are blessed to have Governor DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton leading the charge in the COVID19 fight. and let me tell you Dr. Acton is a Godsend to us Buckeyes. Every day except the Sabbath they have a 2pm news conference to keep us informed, updated, and tell us what the new rules are.
there are those that are complaining about the rules. they question Why should we allow them to make these regulations? What gives them the authority to tell us what to do and when to do it? Aren’t we becoming socialists or communists or some ism – to quote Ferris Buehler.
and I want to say to these people Can you not see that they are trying to keep us ALIVE? trying to prevent Ohioans from dying. which then preserves our freedoms. Economic, Spiritual, Political, Physical, Mental.
there are currently at this moment 1.2 million cases of COVID19 globally. In the entire world. the WORLD is fighting this virus. and it is ravaging political, economic and governmental systems. no, I do not believe anything the Chinese government says. I wonder if they even know actual numbers of cases and deaths. but for now that doesn’t matter – because what used to be isn’t anymore. what we thought about our day our schedule our lives has completely changed.
and yet ~ Jesus is entering Jerusalem today on a donkey and the palms are waiving with Hosannas being shouted. and this week, Holy Week still goes on in the homes and hearts of Christians worldwide.
and what was the World like at that moment in time? what diseases were ravaging the population? Leprosy? Consumption? Boils? Ulcers? all leading to massive infections and death. and there was Jesus. bringing God the Father to Earth in human form. walking the broken Earth. healing as He went.
so today, on our most unusual Palm Sunday. as we all worship online in our homes. Jesus arrives to bring His Kingdom to us in a way never thought of before. so let your soul not be troubled. what looks like something so out of control is really under His control and He knows what the end looks like and when it will come. no matter what the economy does. no matter who is ill around us. no matter what the future appears to be like.
God the Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit are among us. we are not alone in this physical fight. and I pray for Dr. Acton and Gov. DeWine and all leaders in this fight to be lead by Jesus.
so stay home. wear a mask if you must go out. wash your hands. and pray.