“It is a long journey to that Kingdom. The word “journey” has been very overused in the past few decades throughout Orthodox North America. It has most often been the way people describe how they found the Church and were ultimately baptized/chrismated into the Orthodox Faith. But that is not the end of the journey! Our journey is our entire life. Sometimes the road is smooth and often it is rocky and hard to travel. There are signs along the way telling us, warning us, encouraging us.
The Lord gives us everything we need during our life that will bring us to His heavenly Kingdom, our one desired fatherland. Like all children, sometimes we listen and heed His counsel, and sometimes we are obstinate in wanting things that are harmful to us or lead us away from the right path. We take our own detours from the main road. Sometimes those detours again bring us back to the right path. Sometimes they turn out to be truly a dead end.”
~ Sisterhood of Holy Protection Monastery, ‘The Veil’