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Children: More than a Grammer Lesson

Armodoxy for Today: Children’s Grammer Lesson

Somewhere in our education process, either in elementary school or in Junior High, we learn about the elements in a simple sentence. There is a noun and a verb, and sometime there is an object. The object is a noun or a pronoun that is acted upon by the verb. For our discussion, “Mothers bear children,” “Fathers love children” and “Parents raise children” are three examples of simple sentences with a noun – mother, father and parent – a verb – bear, love and raise – and, in a common object – children. Unique to this object is that it also defines the nouns. Without children, the words mother, father and parent have no meaning.

Today, children are sometimes the forgotten elements, not of sentences, but of life. We hear stories of celebrities falling in and out of love, and their children are a footnote, if even that, to the story. We are alarmed by cases of domestic violence, focusing on the barbarism played out on a spouse, without tending to the impact on children. Politicians – presidents, prime ministers and senators declare wars and engage in battles with a heavy cost on children, including the ones who are weaponized as soldier.

Jesus quickly turns the script. “Let the children come to me, for to such belong the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 19) Note, the children are the nouns and Jesus is the object. But this has not been a lesson in grammar, but a lesson on the primacy of children for God. Their angels, Jesus tells us, see the face of God. (Matthew 18)

It’s been said that there are no atheists in foxholes. A foxhole is a place below the ground used by soldiers as shelter against enemy fire.  The phrase is an aphorism to suggest that in times of extreme fear or threat of death people will appeal to a higher power. In other words, when looking in the face of death, even the atheist will admit to a God.

Many years ago, I discovered another place where there are no atheists. The night my first child was born, it occurred to me that there aren’t any atheists in birthing rooms, either. When looking in the face of life, in its most delicate and novel state, you realize that the loss of your emotions is a connection to something greater than yourself. The details of fingernails that are thinner than paper point to life as anything but an accident.

I tested the theory a couple of times after that first experience. Same conclusion: There are no atheists in birthing rooms. And there is no greater message of hope and love than children.

We pray a prayer from Archbishop Hovnan Derderian’s “Prayers for Children”:  Lord, my God, You created the world the day and the night, the skies and the earth, the waters and the land, the stars and the moon, the trees and the flowers. Let my prayer be a call for the peace of the world, so that we may cherish and embrace Your glorious creation. Amen.

Eclipsed Relevance

Next 789 – April 6, 2024 – Easter brings hope for the suffering. Fr. Vazken shares thoughts on connecting the message of hope with the war in Gaza, the total solar eclipse, Fr. Yeremia’s 5 to 6 apples and the closing of St. Peter Armenian Church (the roots of Epostle).
St. Peter Youth Ministry (story)
St. Peter Page – seek and you shall find
Jethro Tull
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Charming Children

Armodoxy for Today: Charming children

Yeghishé Charents was the main Armenian poet of the 20th century. He lived and wrote his creations following World War I, the Genocide and into the years of communism in Armenia, and was imprisoned for political reasons. In that gloominess, his poetry reflected the beauty around him, in a small area of land called Armenia.

Charents wrote, “All my life, my impossible aim was to finish a song to charm children.” He wrote these lines on a handkerchief to his friend and fellow poet, Avetik Isahakyan, after hearing a prisoner sing one of Isahakyan’s songs in a neighboring cell.

“Charming children” in the midst of ugliness is more than swelling with optimism or staying positive, it’s recognizing the importance of new life and passing along hope.

Hum the song of the new day to the words that speak to your heart.

Today’s one minute for standard time.

Addendum: The above verses continue with “just as all hearts quicken with the tempo of yours.”

Cover: Children outside the cave, 2023, Fr. Vazken

Easter Eve – ‘Before the Dawn’

Holy Week Day #8 – Easter Eve – It’s always darkest before the dawn, but the Light cannot be contained. It’s radiating from the Tomb of Christ, as we anticipate the Good News of Resurrection; Matthew 28;
Music: Selections from “Ornyal eh Asdvadz” by Students at the Vazkenian Seminary at Lake Sevan; Cover: Easter Morning at the Hollywood Bowl, 2003.
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for ePostle.net

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Translating Hope

Next Step #748: Hopelessness, helplessness and depression, Fr. Vazken demonstrates a translation to hopefulness. Translators who move beyond language, an expression for today. Holy Translators from Mashdots to Shnorhali, 700 years of hope. Editorial privilege: essential news. Anxiety and the Crucifixion.
Daily Messages from Epostle
NASA Webb images
Hrashk Manoukner – Hambartsman Tziavor
Cover: Entrance to Ani – 2014 Fr. Vazken
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net
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Impacting Hope

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #718: “I love God but I feel God doesn’t love me enough,” says a Ukrainian soldier and analysis leads to paralysis: A look at hope, faith, religion in the face of war. Prayers that won’t “stop the bleeding or ease the hate.” Maternity ward bombing: Why would they possibly kill babies? An answer from Rwanda 25 years ago. The rules of war and the end game. TV was to Vietnam what the Internet can be to Ukraine, and War Games gives a solution. This Lent: A different attitude toward prayer: Adding the first lines to the Lord’s Prayer.
Maternity ward bombed in Ukraine
War Games
Jesus at M*A*S*H* 
Eric Burdon and the Animals
Cover Photo: Peace Shadow, Fr. Vazken 2008
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Letters beyond Z

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #709: “In the time of your life, live…” says Saroyan and so the new year kicks off with a message of hope. The Christ child and a case for adding extra letters to the alphabet. Gabriel & Katie Jay Stauring, requiem. Moving past your challenges before you. Remembering Sidney Poitier. Communications for the new planet. William Saroyan’s Time of your life.
Sidney Poitier changed the Oscars in 1964. The academy is still grappling with the promise of that moment. 
Requiem for Gabriel & Katie Jay Stauring
The Phonetic Alphabet – US Army Alphabet
William Saroyan’s “Time of your Life” (goodreads.com)
Mary Hopkin Music
Cover: Vintage Christmas picture, Public Domain
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Blessed Memory

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #691: The passing of Fr. Maghakia Amerian, of blessed memory, and the loss for the Church. Reflection on this young priest who tragically succumbed to COVID-19 and the legacy he leaves behind. Keeping hope alive when hope seems hopeless, when the bright star goes out. The Church, the numbers: a look at some of the sociological issues pressing against the Armenian Church, esp. in America.
Shoghakat TV eulogy of Fr. Maghakia
Fr. Maghakia: a personal reflection
A praying tribute
Fr. Maghakia sings Kilikia
WD168 this week
Labor Day Message
Cover: Window in Armenia 2009
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Thought Process

Next Step #686: A thought process that takes you from the reality of war to an answer found in the song of a people. Leaving the neighborhood: Christianity on the border. With Azeri aggression front and center, and a silent world community, Fr. Vazken leads the listener through this short journey, not down a rabbit hole, but to an end with identity nourished along the way. Defining identity through memory. Finding hope
Azeri latest attack
North & South Korea restore hotlines
Olympic Videos
Fiji Rugby Team Singing after winning gold
In His Shoes Mission
Hope for Haiti Now
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Next Step #649: And when the war was over… Confusion, frustration and anger are all part of a story we’ve heard before Artsakh. Some answers in the aftermath, with a vantage point from beyond, one which once inspired us. Here is a story of hope in the aftermath of a modern day Avarayr, and the aftermath of the US elections.
Chuck Holton on Horizon TV (at min 27:40)
R. Ezra Telalian Photography
Prayer Vigil in Glendale
Janis Ian
Cover: Aftermath 2009 Fr. Vazken
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Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for InHisShoes.org
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