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A matter of perspective, an inspirational story

A father of a wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the intention of showing him how poor people live so his son would be grateful for the luxurious life he had been provided. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return home, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “It was great, dad.” “Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked. “Oh, yeah,” said the son. “Well, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered: “We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, but they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden, but they have countless stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard, but they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on, but they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, but they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks, dad, for helping me to see how blessed others are so that I can better appreciate what few blessings we truly enjoy.”

JOSHUA BECKER

(http://www.becomingminimalist.com/2010/03/10/a-matter-of-perspective/)

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Funny Sleeping Baby Video

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About respect for the Holy Icons, Part 3/3

If we love the saints, especially the holy ones who

have walked among us in our lands, would we not

similarly wish to preserve and beautify their labours

of love for the Lord?

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Text resource: http://www.roadtoemmaus.net/

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* What do You think about this story?

* Was this a good way to explain respecting

the Holy Icons in Orthodox Christian tradition?

* Please feel free to leave a comment.

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(CLICK HERE to find “About respect for the Holy Icons, Part 1/3″ and HERE for Part 2/3)

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About respect for the Holy Icons, Part 2/3

It was a way of expressing love.

This was not idolatry. Kissing the photo of

my beloved, I thought, “If  I never see you

again in person,  I will treasure these few

moments I have to see a photo of your smiling

face.” Love, that was all.

In a similar manner, if we have the diary of

a loved one who has departed this life, would

we not kiss this diary? Would we not hold it

tenderly, read it with attention, and restore it,

so as to preserve the memory

of the one who wrote it?

(CLICK HERE to find “About respect for the Holy Icons, Part 1/3” and HERE for Part 3/3)

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About respect for the Holy Icons, Part 1/3

Road to Emmaus interviews Reader Mikhail Ivanovich, spokesman for the online native

Alaskan linguistic project of All Saints of North America Church in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Before I became Orthodox

I had an iconoclastic fear of icons and relics

of any kind. Yet, once, a number of years ago,

on a very rough flight over the mountains of

Bolivia, I found myself kissing a wallet-picture

of my beloved who later became my

wife. Why?

Text resource: http://www.roadtoemmaus.net/

(CLICK HERE to find “About respect for the Holy Icons, Part 2/3″ and HERE for Part 3/3)

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