The icon pictured with this post (see below) was given to me last year by a friend who is an Orthodox Christian and had recently returned from Eastern Europe. It is quite beautiful to look at and consider.
In looking through the BCP for a passage to accompany this post I came across the following. It is reassuring, especially given the daunting challenge to our survival and well-being we face today as Christians and Southerners:
O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth : thou God to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.
Arise, thou Judge of the world : and reward the proud after their deserving.
Lord, how long shall the ungodly : how long shall the ungodly triumph?
How long shall all wicked doers speak so disdainfully : and make such proud boasting?
They smite down thy people, O Lord : and trouble thine heritage.
…The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man : that they are but vain.
Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord : and teachest him in thy law;
That thou mayest give him patience in time of adversity : until the pit be digged up for the ungodly.
For the Lord will not fail his people : neither will he forsake his inheritance.