The Sounding Blog

“The Sounding” was named for the nautical practice of measuring the depth of water with a sounding line, a rope with a weight attached to it and units of measure marked off along the line. The rope was lowered over the side of a ship, born down into the water by the weight, and when the weight came to rest, the measurement was taken by the markings on the rope. The purpose of “The Sounding” is to probe the heights and depths of our human experience and take their measure. Our mission is to support the well-being of our readers by providing well-written, positive, and thought-provoking Orthodox content and fostering discussion of its application to life.

Musings from a Grateful Convert: So Who’s an Expert of Faith?

“An Expert is a man with a briefcase who is more than fifty miles from home.” This little saying came to my ears in my youth and seems popular today….

Sep 10, 2016

The Road Less Traveled: A Journey of Faith

To say I am a Cradle Orthodox is a bit of an understatement. In addition to being raised in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Little Rock, Arkansas,…

Sep 06, 2016

Christ’s Search for Lost Sheep

The year is 1868; the place, Damascus. A self-taught mystic calling himself Abd el Matar left his wife, family, and home to found a group of disciples,…

Sep 05, 2016

The Tradition of Holy Baptism—A Grandmother’s Perspective

My granddaughter, Penelope Katherine, was born on January 24, 2016. It was a very joyous event for me. I have a grandson, Gavin (Gabriel), who is already 15 years…

Aug 28, 2016

It’s that Time of Year Again, Back to School Season Is Here

It’s that time of the year again, Back to School Season.  This often means back to school shopping: school supplies, new shoes, maybe a new backpack. …

Aug 26, 2016

Musings from a Grateful Convert: How America Lost Her Virginity

I am listening to the music of Little Eva, an early ’60’s Pop Music star in the U.S. Her songs include “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”, “Some…

Aug 24, 2016

The Power of Spiritual Poverty

Every Sunday we drive from Creston to Cranbrook to attend church, a drive taking anywhere from one hour to an hour and a half depending on the traffic…

Aug 17, 2016

Orthodoxy: A Global Perspective

Heraclitus wrote that the only constant in the world is change. As a military spouse, I have been reminded of this several times when my husband and I…

Aug 13, 2016

Ancient Christian Prayer, Beyond “Christian Yoga”: Part I

Secular spirituality commonly recognizes that healing occurs through one’s body-mind-spirit. Today, many are spiritual, but asked if they are Christian…

Aug 09, 2016

All we ask is for age appropriate behavior.

You might have heard that there are two kinds of prayer: Corporate Prayer and Personal Prayer. Corporate Prayer is when we are in services together, as…

Aug 09, 2016

Dad goes to Rio through the Generosity of Others

There is a Greek saying that is loosely translated as “Bean by bean, the bag fills up.” Its American equivalent could be “Every penny counts.”…

Aug 07, 2016

SOCIAL MEDIA AS A SPRINGBOARD TO PRAYER

Facebook isn’t fun anymore. It used to be a great place where people shared posts about life events and articles of interest. I learned that my out-of-state…

Aug 06, 2016