Felicity and I have received a very gracious gift from some friends at church. They're moving (sadly) and needed to pass on some of their icons they won't have the room for, and haven't used in quite a while. First thing that I discovered, nothing is accidental. Second thing I discovered, when you open yourself up to who may be in your life, you discover just how many people are in your life. Here's out little icon "corner":
The icons, in order of appearance are: Christ (center), St. Damiano Cross (top-center), St Herman of Alaska (top left), St Seraphim of Sarov (Top right) St. Xenia of St. Petersburg (bottom left), St. Nicholas (Bottom right) with a synaxis of the angels center bottom. On the table we keep some print-out icons from the GOA and a paper diptych. The center Triptych will be going in the car, eventually.
Here's where the first of my discoveries comes in: Nothing is accidental. I've had the St. Nicholas icon for about 3 years, now. It was a present from my roommate. I got him in Grad School when I learned he was the patron saint of scholars (along with, apparently, everybody else). When I first made real steps to explore orthodoxy, some "friends" on the Monachos dot Net website told me to look into the life of St. Herman. Someone else told me to look into the life of St. Seraphim of Sarov. Lastly, when I lost my job, numerous people told me to pray to St. Xenia of St Petersburg. All of these are now currently situated in our home altar. Nothing is accidental.
I wasn't sure what we'd discover in our Eastern Orthodox year. So far, I have to say, things are really good. I feel like people are going to bat for us. Our priest is watching out for us and praying for us. People we hardly know are giving us icons of men and women who have connected themselves to our family. What a day. What a great God.
Through the prayers of Sts. Seraphim, Herman, Xenia, and Nicholas may God have mercy on us and save us.