Tomorrow is the first day of the Ecclesiastical New Year – a time for new beginnings, the return to school and preparation for the Advent season. As I drove with my 90 year old mother yesterday, we reflected on the past, the cold September weather and that the holidays were right around the corner (Christmas ads are out already.) What I also reflected on is this is a time for a new beginning and as Orthodox Christians, we are blessed with this opportunity every day!
This time is also an opportunity to focus on our Spirituality as part of Stewardship. Small changes make a big impact. Consider ways that you and your family can participate. For example, pray together in the morning and evening and include list of those family members and friends that are in need. Read the Scriptures each day. Specific Epistle and Gospel readings are found in the Church calendar. By experiencing the lives of Christ, the Saints and the Apostles, we will understand what it is to live “Christ like” and be better prepared for our daily activities.
As we look forward to the fall months and prepare for the birth of our Savior, let us also consider small changes that will help us become Christ like.