Key to living a good life: You have to twy!!

 

From a personal letter, giving words of wisdom from my little Soaf a loaf:

 

Sophia landing after jumping off a swing. http://www.orthodox.net/photos/anna-emmy-sophy-lucy-on-swingset-at-library-park-oct-2011-0012.jpgIn your younger grandchildren's typical wide-eyed excited manner of telling things, with her precious childish lisp she said to them:

 

"I finally know de secwet to being good in chuwch! - twy!!  It's so much easier to be good when you twy!"

 

This afternoon I found myself in a situation where it was very hard to be good (and in fact I wasn't being very good. As I was praying and struggling to gain better self control, I thought of your little granddaughter's profound discovery and, inspired, I decided to "Twy!!!

 

I think Sophie is just expressing in a simple way the words she hears every weekend:

 

What man is there that desireth life, who loveth to see good days? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Turn away from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. (Psalm 33:12-13, Sept “Boston” Psalter)


Priest Seraphim Holland 2011     St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

 

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