Thursday, September 8, 2011

How to Overcome Hopelessness


Hopelessness in painful situations is what pulls most of us out of our rut. My own recent bout with my heart, and subsequent healing through the intercession of the Holy Virgin, has given me pause as to how I'd been living my life. Like many of you I'd been running at top speed. Acting like a man half his age I'd been burning candles at both ends for a very long time. The combination of a lack of sleep and taking on too many responsibilities brought me to the brink. My heart problems woke me up from my state of denial and forced me to look at what was of real importance. I'm now committed to making some major changes in my life, cutting back on many things that don't really require my attention, getting more sleep and making sure I take time to get in a good walk every day.

It is easy to resist taking care of yourself if you run at full speed as though you are the only one who can get things done. We all need to set priorities, making sure we focus on Christ and not let that which is transitory rule our lives. If you pay attention to your health, family and spiritual life, everything else will take care of itself. Don't let your life be so full of work that you don't have time to focus on the things that bring you joy. Pay attention when the Lord is calling you to slow down and place your rest in Him.

If you focus only on the things that haven't been done and ignore the little things that bring joy to your life, you'll find yourself in a rut. If you are constantly thinking of where you'd rather be living, or the job you'd rather have, or the work that still needs to be completed, you'll wake up one day and realize all you've needed for happiness has been right in front of you. Don't wait to enjoy what you already have.

With love in Christ,

Abbot Tryphon

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Thursday September 8, 2011 / August 26, 2011

13th Week after Pentecost. Tone three.
Commemoration of the Meeting of the "Vladimir" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos and the deliverance of Moscow from the Invasion of Tamerlane in 1395.
Martyrs Adrian and Natalia and 23 companions of Nicomedia (4th c.).
New Hieromartyr Peter priest and St. Gregory confessor, priest (1938).
Blessed Mary Diveyevo (1931).
New Hieromartyr Victor priets, Martyr Demetrius, Peter and New Hiero-confessor Archpriest Roman Medved of Moscow (1937).

2 Corinthians 10:7-18


Reality of Paul’s Authority

7 Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s. 8 For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed— 9 lest I seem to terrify you by letters. 10 “For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.” 11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.
Limits of Paul’s Authority
12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ; 15 not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, 16 to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment.
17 But “he who glories, let him glory in the LORD.” 18 For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

Mark 3:28-35


The Unpardonable Sin

28 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”— 30 because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers Send for Him
31 Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. 32 And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.”
33 But He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?” 34 And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”


  1. Thank you father for your post on hopelessness today. It reminds me of the lesson taught in today's (new calendar) gospel reading about Martha as she ran around Christ trying to get things done while Mary chose the better, choosing to just sit with the Lord. God bless you.

  2. Hammie never waits. :-)

  3. Praise God for your healing. Such works are marvelous, but also bring humbleness--the Blessed Triune God cares enough to touch you. We were planning to visit that day having just arrived from Moldova, but decided not to expecting you to be in Seattle. So Hammi will have to wait to get his ear scratched. We will visit later. Elizabeth