"God is eternal. Time was invented by man so that everything wouldn't happen at once."
On July 12, 1981, I served my first Liturgy here in Canonsburg. Among the things that I wanted to do first was learn people's names. Everyone was helpful because they introduced themselves. They also tried to explain where they lived, even though I didn't know the area, and to whom they were related. I had to wonder, though, when there were three Mary Kotyks venerating the cross at the end of the service. There were!
I had hair. Matushka Annice was still a blushing bride, Melanie was become Melanie, Julianna couldn't walk. And, well, Alexis wasn't home yet.
I was excitedly apprehensive. I told myself "Just don't make big mistakes." Now if I remember which doors to enter and to exit, it's considered a moral victory.
Through the sea of time allof us have ridden the crests and waded through the troughs of life. For me, it hasn't all been happy but it has been joyous. It hasn't always been serene but it has been peaceful.
I praise God and thank Him for all of you--past, present, and future.