First, Memory Eternal to Nelson Mandela! I can think of no other man in my generation who had ever moved the world in the ways of reconciliation as this man did. Instead of a call for justice and retribution, Mandela called for forgiveness and peace. While South Africa has many problems, the nation did not turn into a racial war zone as many had predicted. In 2010, they hosted a heck of a World Cup. Sometimes, letting bygones be bygones is a great way to move forward.
I am tempted to rant a bit about those who oppose my choice to become Orthodox. But, I suppose Mandela could have ranted about his mistreatment at Robben Island Prison. But, he had a habit of warmly greeting his prison guards. He refused to let the attitudes of others determine his. I see the work that lies before me. It is in my best interest not to let my critics worry me and focus on the task, I feel, God is leading me to. So, I have begun to reach out to others who are interested in forming the Virginia Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black. As expected, I have produced a working rough draft of a monthly newsletter/blog for the group as well. I won’t wallow in worry. I will walk on through this storm. I am following someone and something greater than I.