Thursday, August 26
Bit of a sad time of year for me just now. My father wuold have been 90 on the 21st of this month, and sister Barbara would have been 52 this coming Monday, the 30th. Also, the second anniversary of my father's death is September 1. And I can't even schedule a memorial for him, as he wasn't Orthodox.
Daniel, my brother-in-law, came with his daughters to take Mom out to dinner on Dad's birthday. That was very thoughtful of him, but then what what else would you expect from such a great guy? I feel guilty being away from him and his girls this long.
On Tuesday night we said goodbye to the people in the Anglican discussion group. I didn't even think they would realize it was our last meeting with them until (God willing) next year, so I was truly surprised when they presented us with a beautiful glass cross, which will now adorn our
living room lounge. We will truly miss Stuart and Angela, as well as Kirsty and Paul.
We have a gift for them, too, St. Dorotheos' wonderful book, but it has just arrived at the bookstore and we can't pick it up until Friday.
Wednesday, we had Stuart and Angela for dinner and I don't know what to say about it except that we had a wonderful evening. They are very good people and very willing to serve the Lord, and we admire that. We also admire their humility, really touching.
This afternoon we are going to have tea with Sister Goodwill, a nurse with whom Demetrios worked all those years ago, in 1964. We are going to host her and one or two other nurses from those days at a pub on Saturday night.
Tonight we are to be the guests of one of Demetrios' medical colleagues. This is a doctor who was in training back then, but since has specialized in Reproductive Gynecology. Does that mean he has done abortions? That makes me uneasy. But I remember that Christ ate with certain scandalous people and was
criticized criticised for it. Also, as Demetrios pointed out, who are we to snub anybody at all? How do we contrive to imagine their sins worse than ours?
St. Paul teaches us not to keep company with certain people, 'Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world... since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.' (I Corinthians 5:9-11, emphasis mine.) This physician is not a Christian even culturally.
I still never feel I know how to act in such situations. How do you love greatly, without seeming to approve? I've never found the answer, although in the actual working out of it, I seem to manage fine. If this man really is an abortionist, it will not be the first time I've been challenged to love with all my heart someone who has committed murder legally.
Not that I myself haven't, in my heart.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26
Posted by Anastasia Theodoridis at 6:16 AM