Dear Members and Friends of Philoptochos,

Congratulations, once again, to the women and men of the St. Sophia’s community on a wonderfully successful Baklava and Pasta Flora Pan Sale.  The unwavering and tireless efforts of the St. Sophia’s community is remarkable!  Thank you to all those who made this fundraiser possible!

It seems impossible (and a bit depressing) that we are here.  But, here we are.  As we prepare for the next Syracuse winter we again turn to our faith to find strength and even joy to get us through this marathon of devastation that is COVID-19.  We are weary.  How can we do this?

Let’s first remember, the beautiful sight of the Panagia holding the Christ child in her arms, with the wise men from the East and the shepherds, the animals and the star.  This picture is engrained in our memory.  It never dulls or gets old.  It always brings childish excitement, brings joy and brings hope of dreams fulfilled. 

We question why God would bring us a child.  Not a warrior on a white horse or a caped crusader, but a child.  A child has no authority or power.  It’s almost an insult to be called childish.  As adults we seek intelligence.  We want answers to . . . pretty much everything.  We tend to become very serious, mistrustful and a bit grouchy. But Christ clearly tells us, “become like children” (Matt 18.3).  In this most difficult time, let’s try to do what Christ has asked of us. 

If we look to find that child still living within us, the child of wonder, the child of dreams, the child that God Himself created, we will celebrate the precious gift of the nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with pure joy and love (pandemic or no pandemic).  With the grace of God through the Holy Spirit, we can do this!

Christ is born!  Glorify Him!

Debbie Tzivani Politis

President, Philoptochos

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