The Sounding

“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.

Christmas Card Ornaments

  Before you clear out all your Christmas decorations, here is a sweet craft for next year’s tree.       You will need: Christmas…

Dec 24, 2015

There Are No Christians Here

  I recently read an article by CNN’s David McKenzie and Briana Duggan about a bus in Kenya that was stopped by terrorists.  The gunmen ambushed…

Dec 22, 2015

Myriam Has Returned with a Message of Forgiveness.

  Recently, ABCnews.com aired a follow-up interview  with a sweet girl named Myriam.  Her message: forgiveness. She told ABC News “20/20” co-anchor…

Dec 21, 2015

 The Icon of the Nativity

  The birth of Jesus Christ in a manger is one we have heard since the beginning of our Orthodox lives. Emperor Augustus decreed that everyone should…

Dec 21, 2015

Christ Is Still in Christmas

  Christ is still in Christmas, at least He is in Tennessee!  Amy Basel, speaker and blogger of YPHP: Your Path His Plan, has proof!   Recently…

Dec 20, 2015

Helping People Through Philoptochos

  Recently, the Philoptochos Chapter of the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Community hosted a charity dinner where the women decorated…

Dec 19, 2015

Navigating the Stress of Christmas

“Never again!”   Two words I think of often this time of year.   Never again!  Forget the mall. I am shopping for Christmas gifts online…

Dec 19, 2015

The Nativity: An Icon of the Christian Family

  Everyone’s favorite time of the year is the period before Christmas, when the air is filled with joy, peace and expectation. We are blessed to…

Dec 19, 2015

What to Give to the One who Made Everything?

    So here is a twist on the usual question:  what do you get for that someone who *made* everything?  I confess to you, dear reader,  that…

Dec 18, 2015

Mary, Did You Know?

  There are hundreds of Christmas songs and hymns.   They come in all different shapes and sizes and they range from fun to reverence.  You may…

Dec 18, 2015

Remembering Those in Prison

    Do you have your list ready?  Which one?  Perhaps you have a list of things to pack, things to gift, things to bake or things to clean. …

Dec 15, 2015

Yes Melanie, There Is a Santa Claus

  As a child I remember him – the warm, benevolent visitor who magically ate our Christmas cookies and left behind a slew of beautiful presents…

Dec 14, 2015