Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Dormition

Dr. Clark Carlton (in this podcast) and Fr. Stephen (in this post )have encapsulated my thoughts over the past few days. In particular, the following from Fr. Stephen's post sums up where I am:
"Above everything we begin to move our Christian life out of the realm of abstraction and into the realm of living. We pray rather than think about prayer. We trust God rather than discussing the concept of trusting God. We act on the basis of faith rather than spending time talking about the importance of faith. We make every effort to embrace God as good and at work in all things."
So it is with both regret and resignation (though also with peace) that I announce on this, the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, the dormition of this blog, as well. For the past two and a half years I, both as Peter and later as David (pictured right, to the left of the Root of Jesse and her Branch, cradled in the lowermost branch above the fellow on the floor) have discussed the things I think about, wonder about, and get angry about. Y'all have been wonderful to talk to, disagree with, and build a community of sorts with. I have been truly blessed. My "signing off" does not come, surprisingly enough, from my newly-enlarged family (though that is a time committment, to be sure), as much as it comes from this feeling that's been dogging me lately that I am doing the opposite of what Dr. Carlton and Fr. Stephen have been saying that we should do: I feel as though I've been talking about the cure that Orthodoxy offers the world, yet doing precious little to take the cure myself (or, at least, not taking it as often, well, or as much as I should). So it is that--until further notice, at least--I shan't be updating. I will be lurking around some blogs, though, and may even comment. This blog will continue to exist in its current form in case someone should need to google something that I, in a better moment, may have blurted out. Perhaps I shall pick this up again someday; God willing, I'll be wiser and more prayerful when I do so.

So, to close out, I wish all of my brothers and sisters in the Lord a happy feastday -- Sprazdnikom! -- and may the Lord Jesus Christ our God, through the prayers of His most holy mother, have mercy on us all and save us.

From tonight's vespers:


"In giving birth you preserved your virginity.
In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.
You were translated to life O Mother of Life,
and by your prayers you deliver our souls from death."

"Come, O people, let us sing today to Christ our God a song of David!
'The virgins that follow her,' he said, 'shall be brought to the King.
With joy and gladness shall they be brought.'
For she, through whom we have been made Godlike,
is of the seed of David,

and gloriously and ineffably commends herself
into the hands of her own Son and Master.

Praising her as the Mother of God we cry out to her and say:
'Save us from all distress and tribulation, for we confess you to be the Theotokos!'"

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who hopeth in Him!

Pray for me.

11 comments:

Ian said...

You have my prayers. Please remember me also.

And thank you: your blog was informative, entertaining and challenging to a newly-Chrismated Orthodox, still finding his way after many years. And it was wonderful to share the joys of your family life also. I am thankful and appreciative for all the work you did put in. God willing, I may even get to Texas one day and meet you in a parish.

A blessed Feast Day to you and your family. In Christ and in prayer,
Ian.

Rhology said...

Well, you'll be missed. 'Twas nice splitting the blogosphere witcha. But you know what they say - this place ain't big enuff fer the tew of us.

And a final word verification: mdunwho

Peace,
ALAN

Benjamin said...

David,

God bless you in your departure and may he continue to form you into his image and likeness. I've enjoyed your writing and it will be missed.

Mimi said...

You have been a blessing to me these years, my prayers with you and I pray that we keep in touch.

Happy Feast DAy!

Jacob said...

Dr. Clark Carlton's podcast hit me between the eyes (or in the gut), too, and I even made a blog post about it: Dr. Clark Carlton on "The Tragedy of Dogma"

I suspect you can guess which part of his talk impacted me.

John said...

I'll sure miss checking in here every day or so, but I understand completely. My advice is to take a nice, long sabbatical, and then consider coming back. This site has been a blessing to me, and I hope we can keep in touch.

Andrea Elizabeth said...

What, now I have to have actual audible conversations to check up on you and yours? Not my favorite way of communicating, but it'll have to do I guess.

Lucian said...

So, ... You chickening out already?
;-)

s-p said...

The blogosphere will be less than it is without you in it. I guess my blog has by default rather than on purpose taken somewhat of a haitus while I try to BE amid the frenzy that is life and relationships. Of course you COULD just blog about less heady and dogmatical stuff and just post pictures of your kids and their birthday parties etc. Like that's unimportant stuff.... :) Anyway, don't be a total "digital stranger".

Alice C. Linsley said...

God bless you, David. Vaya con Dios.

Don said...

Boy am I glad I found you on here! It's DonVa (from TAW). Glad to see that you're still writing, and that you're doing well!