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December,26 2016

“Jesus wept.” John 11:35

Did you enjoy Christmas with family and friends? During this wonderful season, we often like to read great literature, watch a great movie, or hear a great story-and be deeply moved.

Yet what moves us?
Among other things, point of view (POV) strongly affects how we're moved.

To the very finite, limited extent that a story's POV reflects God's POV, we can be moved to a new appreciation of Jesus Christ's unlimited POV in our lives.

POV can be omniscient or all-knowing. It doesn't mean the narrator tells us everything he or she knows. In fact, the best narrators tell us only what we need to know. During His public ministry, Jesus certainly didn't say everything He knew. In fact, most times He refused to answer the direct questions darting His way. He did that on purpose!

POV can be omnipotent or all-powerful. In most stories, the narrator isn't directly making this or that happen. Then again, that sometimes happens. Outside of the days of Moses, the days of Elijah and Elisha, and the days of Jesus Christ and the apostles, God doesn't directly speak to individuals, cast down plagues, blind armies, and bend the laws of nature. Or, does He?

POV can be omnipresent or all-present. Among other places, this is seen in movies with rapidly changing points of view, particularly during epic battle scenes.

Again, any story's POV is only a small inkling of the Lord's unlimited POV. So, don't get too carried away! Still, look for this the next time you sit down to enjoy a great story.


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The Western Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, providing spiritual guidance and leadership to the Syriac Orthodox community, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization comprised of 18 churches and parishes in 17 western states. It was established in 1952 as the Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church encompassing the entire United States and Canada. In November 1995 by the Holy Synod, the Western Archdiocese was formed to exclusively serve the 17 states of the western half United States.

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