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A Chain That Enslaves

 

Break the chain by living a life of faith and obedience

I read about it some time ago and I still shake my head every time I think about it.  I almost can’t believe it.  St. Catherine’s Monastery, which is located at the foot of Mount Sinai (also called Mount Horeb or Jebel Musa meaning “Mountain of Moses”), is built around what is thought to be the site where Moses spoke to God for the first time at the burning bush. The monastery is surrounded by a granite wall measuring 8 to 35 meters high. This wall defended it from numerous attacks in the 1,400 years it has been standing. It belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church and most of its monks are of Greek origin.It is also home to a unique collection of artifacts, including some of the world’s oldest Bibles.  Although it is set in a desert-like landscape, the lush gardens and cypresses provide a pleasant contrast. Today, it is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. 

St. Catherine’s monastery is home to an ancient library containing 5,000 early printed books, 3,500 manuscripts, and 2,000 scrolls (in Greek, Coptic, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Slavic, Georgian and other languages). The age and diversity of the collection is only equaled by that of the Vatican. 

While I find all of that interesting, none of that is what makes me shake my head. What bewilders me is a strange pair of caskets that have been preserved in the monastery.  Several centuries ago two young men, who were a part of the monastic community, took a vow.  They pledged to one another, and to God, to devote their lives to perpetual prayer and adoration.  

It was their intent to spend every moment, of every day, of every week and month, for the rest of their lives in praise and prayer.  To help each other accomplish this vow, they were assigned adjoining rooms and were fastened together at the wrist with a length of chain.   

The plan was for one to pray and the other to sleep and then vice versa.  From the moment they began, they never again saw each other or spoke to each other.  The only contact they had was the chain that ran through the wall.  

When one finished praying, he would tug on the chain and awaken the other.   A tug meant that the other had begun and the first could rest.  Back and forth for decades this went on until they died.
To honor and remember their devotion and dedication, their remains lie side by side in caskets, still untied by the same chain.                                          

That’s an incredible and strange story of commitment, devotion, and determination – but it’s also a sad story that shows that people can some time miss the point of prayer, devotion to God, and what it means to worship and praise Him continually.  

It’s absolutely true that God calls us to a life of devotion, obedience, worship, and prayer.  We have been created in such a way that our chief goal in life should be to glorify God.  But that goal is not meant to be a chain that binds us.  


The life we live today is meant to be as much an act of worship as what we do on Sunday mornings.  The words we say to another should reflect our praise of the Lord.  The way we treat those who live in our homes, and the person we stare at across the dinner table, all should show our love for God.  

How we celebrate Christmas should also be a reflection of our love, commitment and devotion to Him. It is so easy to get stressed out at this time of the year; it’s so easy to forget why we give gifts to each other; it’s so easy to think “Ugh, I have to go to another special service or another party at work, or another home to visit” – and we become chained to traditions that carry no meaning for us, and stress out.  

Let’s make sure we don’t forget the reason why we celebrate, and why we get together with friends and family, and give gifts to each other.  (I’m not sure why we eat too much.  I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a pig in the stable. That wouldn’t have been kosher.) Let’s do our best to make every day of every week, a reflection of our response to a God who loves us so much that He jumped into the skin of a Jewish baby – so we could know Him.  

Don’t allow Christmas, and all you have to do, and all the places you have to be to become a chain that enslaves you.  

Let’s REJOICE!!  

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December 9, 2009 - Posted by | Christian, Family, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. nice share brother,,, i like your article

    Comment by Rio Abbad | December 10, 2009 | Reply


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