Stopping for the red light at the bottom of 116th Avenue, I had a few moments to notice the marquee in front of the church there. It read, “When you fall, be sure to pick something up.” I must have been in a generous mood that day because another time I may have regarded such an epigram as little better than a cliché evangelistic hook. However, the simplicity of the marquee post made its truth beautifully apparent; and I wondered how Lake Washington Christian Church’s pastor would elaborate on it come Sunday’s sermon.
Though I’d only lived in Kirkland for a few months, I hadn’t taken the time to notice the marquee nor its church before that day. Since then I eagerly await the new posting; and I have rarely been disappointed. Though I have never attended Sunday service at LWCC, and so don’t know whether the pastor’s sermons are intriguing elaborations of the pithy statements, I find myself contemplating their meanings – as they relate to my own life, my limited understanding of Christian doctrine, life in general – every time I drive past, which is often as LWCC is on one of our most traveled routes home. I even found myself quoting them to friends and family.
A few weeks ago, the week after Western Easter, the marquee post read: “Woman: Last at the Cross; Earliest at the Grave.” After months of weekly contemplation of the LWCC epigrams, it was this one that inspired me to start this blog. Though this wasn’t one of the most clever I’d read there, as I considered what the pastor may preach about this subject, I was reminded of the reverence the Orthodox Christian, which I have been since my baptism at six weeks of age, accords the Myrrh-bearing Women – on the 3rd Sunday of Pascha the Church commemorates them along with Joseph of Aramathea. As I considered the posting, I thought that it may be an interesting experiment for me to write down some of my thoughts about these weekly topics, if only as a kind of exercise: mentally, compositionally, and perhaps spiritually. Beyond that, I have no goals; though perhaps someone may find my musings amusing if not interesting.
I’ve included the above account so that it is clear that the epigrams which inspire each entry are not my own, but are taken word for word from the Lake Washington Christian Church’s marquee. If I may be allowed a further disclaimer: being a practicing Orthodox Christian from my infancy, my spiritual and religious observations and interpretations will by necessity be informed by the doctrine of the Orthodox Church in which I’ve been raised; however, I am not an expert on Orthodox doctrine or Church history, and so my comments should be read as personal remarks, not as authoritative statement.