I was going to do whatever it took to create a “Spiritual Retreat Center”, with woods and trees and brooks and birds, and worship, and song,

Exactly!  Wow!  I've been "searching for Church" for a few
years now, and I'm landing (soon) in the Orthodox Church.

It feels right - it feels home.  Only gone to one Liturgy,
done a bit of reading... but the convincing took very little
time.

It's astounding - if I hadn't found the Orthodox Church - if
I hadn't found my way home (I'm sitting on the front steps,
about to knock the door) - I was going to do whatever it
took to create a "Spiritual Retreat Center", with woods and
trees and brooks and birds, and worship, and song, and
prayer, and education of religious history.  And, yet, I
stepped and worshipped in the Orthodox Church for the first
time last Sunday, and it felt like I was inside of a
spaceship that flew through a rip in the space-time
continuum and landing in the place where the dead are alive,
where the alive are alive, and where they worship and praise
together... where God is everywhere and in everything and we
are at his home, in Heaven.

I'm totally serious here... and I can't seem to explain it
to friends here at home.  But when I join, I hope to make
new friends, and hope to keep the old ones, but I can see a
change taking place within already...  it's so weird... I
feel like I am home.

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