40 Days

Rev. Edward EllmoreThis beloved man is my father-in-law, Rev. Edward D. Ellmore.  Today we sang Memory Eternal because it is 40 days since his falling-asleep-in-the-Lord.  Today also happens to be Father’s Day.

No doubt, he would be none too pleased with me that he is featured in living color on my blog.  Too bad, Dad! You’re not here and it’s my blog and it is Father’s Day.  (I can hear your chuckle in my ear!) You are not here for your children and grandchildren to send a card and give you a call to wish you many blessed returns of the day. You’re not here to tell us about who visited you this week or what the favorite menu item was for the week.  Yet, in a certain way, you are here.  You are not that far away.

Not that long ago, you told me you were living and preparing for the next course in life, that this physical life we have is lived in preparation for the Eternal Life.  You lived in Hope of the Eternal. You never stopped teaching us how to live in the present world and prepare for the Eternal world, no matter your age.  You and Mom taught me how to be an “in-law;” how to be present, to love, to encourage and not interfere.  You were a parent, teacher, and friend.

While I miss you and your presence, you are ever present.  Because of what you emulated, I don’t grieve but live with the same Hope.  Thank you for that gift of Faith.

Happy Father’s Day!

Orthodox Africa: The Globe-trotting Director

This is a great update posted about the Director of Orthodox Africa. Click here.

My favorite part is this video of the welcoming the visitors received by the students! I want lessons!

Orthodox Africa: Creating Synergy in missions one partnership at a time

This is a wonderful non-profit that I think many of you, dear readers, will appreciate.  Please read about them here.

Periodically, I will be sharing news about the various missions they support.  The latest is about an orphanage that has the opportunity to purchase land where they can have a permanent location instead of renting space and double the number of children they house and provide for.  Read about it here.

If you find it in your heart to donate, you can do so here.

If you find it in your heart, please share on your personal blog or other social media platforms.

 

 

2017 Philadelphia Flower Show

After lunch at the Reading Terminal Market The Hubster and I went to Opening Day of the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  It was themed “Holland”.  Lots and lots of tulips! One never tires of this seemingly ordinary, yet beautiful flower.  And there were a sea of them!  Here are some pictures I took, which do not do justice to the real thing.  We had a delightful time! We both love beautiful landscapes and flowers. Neither of us has a green thumb nor the interest to garden. This is a perfect time to enjoy and admire the fruits of others’ labors and get ideas for potential work for our own garden.

Rainbow ceiling.

Cherry Blossom

 

White Bicycles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More

No Other Foundation with Fr. Lawrence Farley

Fr. Lawrence expounds on peace and John Lennon’s song “Just Imagine.”  Listen by clicking here.

Of Water, the Spirit & Idolatry

iSermon:  In addition to the FrTED Talk, you can listen to Fr. Ted’s sermon for the Feast of Theophany.  Listen by clicking here.

 

5 Misconceptions about the Orthodox Church

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