Orthodox Christianity was also a secret to many of us in the Wenatchee Valley. But by the grace of God we were led to its doors and welcomed by the local Orthodox community of Three Hierarchs. Here are our stories...
"My sermons changed from focusing on externals and the immorality of “others,” to focusing on the inner self, spiritual transformation and humility. I was no longer energized by judging others by outward appearance, but seeing my own sins."
"I had come to believe once more, as I had as a small child, that God is love. And I had friends in heaven....The lives of the Saints show us, not how to avoid suffering, but how to continue loving God and neighbor as we suffer. I understand now that the church is a hospital...."
"I tried music, I tried substances, I tried various and sundry methods of “spirituality”. I have been a Sufi, a Buddhist, and an Animist. I have studied the Zohar and the Tao Te Jing. I did Yoga. I meditated....But, the lack of Christianity in my life in any organized sense, left a vacuum in my soul...."