For Kamishia's Family
2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. 6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
- St. Pauls 2nd Letter to the Corinthians Ch. 1
In the Orthodox Churches we will be coming up on several deeply meaningful Sunday commemorations in preparation for the celebration of Pentecost - the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. Next Sunday we commemorate the Gospel concerning Jesus post-resurrection encounter with the disciple (believing!) Thomas. We then move on to the Myrrhbearers, and the the paralytic, the Samaritan Woman (the woman at the well, John Ch. 4), and then the Blind Man (John Ch. 9). If you happen to have a chance to go to one of these services - the paralytic or blind man Sunday's esp., Kamishia, I think you will find good words for your heart if you listen carefully.
I intended to also mention that, while very trying to watch, it is also a huge gain in perspective on our little troubles to spend the time to watch My Flesh and Blood and ruminate seriously on what it means to lay down one's life for another. Some may criticize Susan Tom as doing this for herself in a weird sort of way . . . I don't see it.
Synopsis of My Flesh and Blood
[I believe many libraries have this, it may be rented, and Amazon carries it]
In any case, in all things may God be magnified!