Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Things I learned at Tea with Father Vladimir
We were invited to the church in Sharia by Father Demitri, a kind, gentle, humble man who is the head priest at the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. Unfortunately, not all of the other priests were so excited about our arrival. One of the priests who eventually warmed up to us was Father Vladimir, a 33 year old priest with a wife and 3 children, who wore a black leather vest over his black robe, drove a 27 year old orange station wagon, and loved to talk and ask questions..over tea at his home one night, Fr. Vladimir shared stories of growing up with an alcoholic father, serving in the military as captain of a ship, an explosion that almost took his life, finding the Orthodox Church, and many other random things...here are some things I journaled before bed...
Tea - any kind - is always better with chocolate.
I'm rarely silent in a 2 hour conversation - it's good to listen.
My car isn't so bad.
Crazy is just a short drive from fascinating.
It's an honor to be the wife of a priest.
I love Misty Flowers.
Some experiences between God and man are so amazing, so intimate, they should not be spoken of.
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