Happy Birthday “Simply Orthodox” blog!
Dear gentle souls,
It’s my blog’s first birthday today! Has it really been a year since I published my first post? :) Well, I learned a lot on tumblr. I met people that live in every corner of the world with the same interests and same thoughts with me. I laughed, I cried (both from happiness and from sadness), I became tired, then I became ready to continue again… I made many good friends here that I sincerely love, no matter their gender, their skin’s color, their religion, their country..! You are ALL amazing! ♥
I hope all these hours I daily spent in order to find Orthodox Christian texts in English and often to translate them from Greek didn’t go to waste. I hope that via this blog, though many times my passions were acting, you learned more about the Eastern Orthodox Church. My truest hope is to help others love the humble Orthodox Church and realize that it’s a big family for everyone, a large hospital of the souls. There is no end to someones journey in Orthodoxy, even for those of us that were born into the faith. Every single day is a new day and a new experience in ones walk with God.
And, as the blog’s content is about Orthodox Christianity, I’ll post some exerpts from the convertion stories of people I had the blessing to meet on tumblr, that have converted from other Christian confessions to Orthodox Christianity:
The Orthodox way is Mystical in a certain way, it isn’t just about going to church, it is a way of life, it is about the Holy Spirit working in you and with you, and Just as it had done with the apostle’s and the church fathers.
A friend that wants to remain anonymous said:
The reasons I will convert to Orthodoxy are various, and some seem really important and some seem less important, but somehow they all matter equally. I really want to be at the very start of Christianity, I want to be part of an ancient Christianity where things have not changed, so you are part of a tradition that reaches back to the Church Fathers, to Byzantium, to the Holy Apostles, and to Jesus Christ Himself. This connection is really important to me.
What made me decide to convert was experiencing a service at an Orthodox Church. I immediately knew I was somewhere holy and I felt the need to join in with the worship even though I did not understand what was happening. After reading the history of the Church, the Orthodox Church could truly support the claim that the Orthodox Church is the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Christ which has preserved the faith despite suffering for it immensely.
Please, all of you that you live in a non-Orthodox country, try to spread the light of our faith to others, not only with your words but mostly with your way of life. Don’t try to impose to your others your faith. If you see others thirsty for the truth, guide them to the Orthodox Church. It’s their choice if they will join or not. Whatever their decisions, respect them, and pray a lot for them.
Though I propably live far far away from your country, I am always here for you to hear your problem, to cry with you and to try to find a solution for it together with you. I love every single of you with all my heart and I hope and pray that even if we don’t meet in this life, to meet in the next, where there is no pain, nor sorrow, nor suffering, but life everlasting!
May God bless you all, may the Most Holy Theotokos protect you and may you all have a blessed and happy life! ♥ ♥ ♥
Pray for me, a sinner,
- Simply Orthodox