Living Between Alpha and Omega
I think it is no secret we are living in uncertain times right now. The world seems as though it is an angry and volatile place at the moment, and we're all doing our best to get through each day. Some days are so heavy I honestly don't feel like I'm going to survive. In the evenings when my head hits the pillow, I thank God that I didn't drown in my anxiety, frustration, and disappointment. Remembering that feelings are not facts is easier said than done. When these rough days hit, I have to force myself to engage in life-giving activities like reading, praying, and meditating even if I don't want to. I have to get out of my head by getting around other Christians so that I am not separated from the herd and devoured like a sick sheep. We weren't meant to do life alone.
This past fall I went to a women's Christian retreat in the beautiful Texas hill country. During one of the breaks, they put out a whole table of free books for the ladies to grab. It was hard not to take the entire table (okay I still might have grabbed way more than I should have haha). My eye was immediately drawn to a book called Living Between Alpha & Omega: Praying the Greek Alphabet in Uncertain Times" by Stella Zuniga Burkhalter. I'm all about anything Greek or Hebrew, so this book was right up my alley. Little did I realize that the author was actually one of the speakers at the conference. Stella is a very gifted public speaker and writer and has a way of connecting her words with all of your senses so you can experience what she is talking about. If she's talking about an orange you can taste it. If she's describing perfume, you can smell it. She's absolutely brilliant. Her book is such a joy to read.
Written during the pandemic, this book was launched into the world during a time that needed someone like Stella to be able to inspire us to have hope again. She walks you through learning the Greek alphabet by connecting it with life-giving tools. For example, the chapter on Kappa is "when you feel anxious." The chapter for Iota is "When you need hope." It's a great introduction to the Greek alphabet (it even includes some Hebrew in there as well) and an even better reminder for us to continue to pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) This fantastic resource is available at: https://www.amazon.com/Living-Between-Alpha-Omega-Uncertain/dp/1098336992/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3RKIOY0V7YC3S&keywords=living+between+alpha+and+omega&qid=1644697169&sprefix=living+between+alpha+and+omega%2Caps%2C325&sr=8-3
On a completely separate note, WIX messaged me that they are still trying to work on the forum page (It's been 43 days). However, there is a temporary fix in that if you make sure your membership settings are set to "public" then it will let you comment. Only those who are set to "private" cannot make comments at this time. Hope that helps! At least now we can all start to chat about the books we've come to love and that help us love one another. Sorry for all the insanity, but I am sure God in his sovereignty has a reason for allowing it to happen this way.
I pray you all have a wonderful week.