I am an Orthodox Christian priest. I have been Orthodox my entire life and a priest since July 2007. From my perspective, in America at least, we have lost the functional understanding of our Orthodox Christian Faith. We must take seriously that our Traditions have purpose and are not a just a litany of tasks and obligations we must perform. To "boil down" the Faith to that creates an environment I believe is what the Apostle Paul taught against. Glory to God.
When it comes to our relationship with God, we each lack something. It may be courage, faith, strength, or any number of obstacles that keep us from encountering God. Just as God provided for the Myrrh-Bearing Women to anoint the Body of Jesus by rolling away the stone, God will provide what we lack so that we can meet Him. The Myrrh-Bearing Women brought spices and were prepared to meet Jesus, and trusted that God would provide what they lacked. When we bring what we have to offer, God will complete what we need and provide what we lack, so that we can go out to meet Him. What do you lack? Have enough courage to bring “to the table” what you are able, and God will provide what you lack so that you can meet Him.
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