An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
Surely you, like me, recall the "Little House on the Prairie" episodes where what looked to be the worse Christmas ever ended up being the best? Initially it was going to be worse because there were no presents to give and little food to be had, or because someone got lost in the snow, or whatever...but in the end some miracle sets the stage for awareness of what is most important.
My Aunt, after spending weeks wondering if her recently discovered melanoma was going to make this Christmas her last, has just learned that the melanoma was localized and for all intents and purposes gone.
The Greatest Christmas Ever is happening right now in Ohio. A reminder for us all to seek and hold on to awareness of what is most important.