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Welcome to Lamb Cottage. It's a real place, and this is where I live with my dear husband. We even have lambs. This is a personal blog, especially concerning life as an American expat in Scotland, life as an over-50, life with lambs, and life as an Orthodox Christian. You're most welcome to come and visit awhile. I hope we can be friends!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016: What a Year


I have said this a few times here and there:

WHAT A YEAR THIS HAS BEEN.

I don't know, but I think a lot of people are reeling from all the events of the past year. I am. Everything on the so-called "world stage" has been mind-bogglingly depressing. Terrorism beyond what we could ever imagine; political regimes / elections / nightmares. Division and hatred. Extreme persecution of Christians worldwide. The list is endless.

I have been learning to pull back. Less time reading news, less time thinking about world news. Trying...TRYING...to focus on Christ and His Church. The world is indeed, too much with us. People have become worse news junkies than ever before. Social media is anything but. Instead it fuels strife, arguments, division, and hatred a lot of the time.

Just this week, I read the most wonderful blog post by Fr Stephen Freeman. I can't recommend it enough, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed by the "world stage". You can read it HERE. Like he says, I am going to try to be small for Christmas. And for always.

I wonder how many of us grew up being told we could "be anything we wanted" or to "reach for the stars" or to become an "important person"? All of those things are misguided and are basically lies. If we are Christians, especially, we should not be seeking anything that leads to pride. We should be humble (and allowing ourselves to be humiliated for Christ's sake). I say "should". I am not good at any of the things I write about here.

As the year draws to a close; as Christmas rushes towards us; as the Advent and Nativity Fast seasons are nearly over and I feel I "didn't do it right" yet again... I am trying to slow down, calm my heart and mind, fix my eyes upon Christ, and see what really matters. Last year was rough, in all kinds of ways. My hope and prayer for 2017 is that we all of us become more faithful and prayerful. All the good things will come from that.

I like this blog. I rarely post because I don't really think I have anything to say worth others' reading. However, I am going to try to be more committed to this blog even if only for myself. If someone comes along and joins me...WELCOME!

If anyone is reading this:  MERRY CHRISTMAS! May you truly know Christ's peace, His saving grace, the Light that dispels darkness. May He bless you in the New Year!
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