Little Things That Bring Joy

dove sparkles and colors

Today, I had a break from working on the publishing process/steps. My family watched Ben Hur together. My sons had never seen it before. What a wonderful movie to see during Lent and just about two weeks before Orthodox Christian Pascha (Easter). 🙂

The past three weeks, I’d been sick with a stomach upset/virus (two of the three weeks), feeling run down, and then the allergies/sinus issues started up. After all, it’s spring now.

So, today was special.

Not only because my family sat down to watch a classic movie together, but also because I finally got out on a short walk, enjoyed the fifty-something-degree sunny weather. In the midst of my walk, I came upon (and worked my way  around) several inspirational chalk messages by kids on the sidewalk in my neighborhood.

Thankfully, I had my cell phone with me, and I felt compelled to take pictures.

I hope your day is full of beauty, love, joy, peace, and big smiles.

 

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The Wisdom and Foresight of Lao Tzu

wisdom in chinese

 

Lao Tzu was a sixth-century B.C. philosopher and founder of philosophical Taoism. His wise quotes are often used in memes sprinkled at times throughout social media.

Right now, for Great Lent, I’m reading an Orthodox Christian book by Hiermonk Damascene called Christ the Eternal Tao, and what I’ve read so far is both incredible and fascinating.

Lao Tzu had an extraordinary foresight into the Holy Trinity, the coming of Christ, and Christ’s life on earth. That He is the Word of God, as the Spirit is the Breath of God, that gives life to all beings.

How Lao Tzu knew of this without any communication with the Jewish people following God, or the incarnation of Christ and His life on Earth is both perplexing and amazing.

I wanted to share just one of his poems.

In the book, Hiermonk Damascene explains, “The poems that follow are not a translation of the Tao Teh Ching, but rather comprise an entirely new work, which is based on and quotes from the Tao Teh Ching.” He also says, “In quoting from the Tao Teh Ching, we have relied primarily on the heretofore-unpublished, partial translation of it by Gi-ming and Fr. Seraphim, which we have found to be the most penetrating; but we have also referred to numerous other translations and to the original Chinese text.”

One other piece of information I’d like to share from the book is this: Hiermonk Damascene says, “Here it should be noted that the ancient Chinese placed great significance on the number Three, seeing in it the primal principle of order; and in this way, their teachings foreshadowed Christ’s revelation of the mystical life of the Triadic Godhead (see p. 257). In chapter 42 of the Tao Teh Ching, Lao Tzu wrote: ‘The Three produced all things.'”

There are eighty-one chapters, and they’re all based on multiples of three (Damascene), and every one that has been written in this book is amazing, but I am going to post one that I ran into while reading last night.

Chapter Twenty-Two

He was condemned as a friend of harlots

And the harlots became virgins.

He was condemned as a friend of thieves

And the thieves restored their stolen goods fourfold.

He was condemned as a friend of poor fishermen

And the poor fishermen caught the universe in their nets.

He was condemned as a friend of outcasts

And the outcasts inherited His Kingdom.

 

He was condemned, and they were created anew.

He wept over what His creation had made of itself,

And by His tears was it remade,

Restored to its true nature, its primitive origin.

The first creation was of the dust of the ground;

The second, of Water and Spirit.

 

Beautiful poem full of wisdom. And I believe the law of God is written in every human being’s heart. I highly recommend this book, if it interests you at all.

Christ the Eternal Tao book

 

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Works Cited
Hiermonk Damascene, Christ the Eternal Tao. Valaam Books, 2012.

 

 

Awed by Beauty

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This afternoon, I was so excited and overjoyed to see the book cover template of my debut novel, Passage of Promise, done by my editor.

She’s brilliant, and it’s GORGEOUS. I had a picture in my mind, and this not only matched it, but exceeded it.

I can’t wait to have a sample to show everyone.

We have some time before my book’s publication date of May 4, 2020.

But there’s lots of work to do.

I’m hoping to have a pic of the book cover in the next week or so, plus my son, Nicholas, and I need to work on my book’s video trailer.

I almost can’t believe this is all happening. Five years of sweat, tears, writer’s cramp,  mental exhaustion from several rewrites, edits, revisions, and steadfastness has brought me to this point.

Thank you, God. ❤

 

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