St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019


I don't know about you, but for me, these days, driving has become one of the must frustrating situations in which I find myself.  87% of those driving are either talking on the phone or texting, and then there are those who are talking on phone while sipping a soda and eating fries - total distratction, much like the way they approach their spiritual life.  They realize they are distracted when they veer off the road or are in the path of an approaching car - just like they only realize they need God when they find themselves in trouble.  We are all guilty of distractions.

Today, it was as exasperating as ever driving down I-65, when we caught glimpse of a decent driver of a big rig.  As we pulled up behind him we noticed the illustration on his truck:

Joshua 24:15 King James Version (KJV) . 15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

There is so much to see in this illustration as it also points to repentance - if you end up on the path of sin you can turn around and at the Cross Roads and choose Jesus. 

"This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls" -Jeremiah 6:16.  Unfortunately, that verse continues with. "But you said, 'We will not walk in it.' "   The Way of the Cross is not easy and is laden with suffering, nevertheless, we are never alone - we are in this together as Jesus guides us as we take the 'good way' for there we shall find rest.