Monday's Message of Hope

Ephrem, the Syrian!
Monday, October 4, 2021 by Penelope Kaye

Hello, dear friend

I’ve been writing and sharing about living and walking in the Spirit for some time. In this piece, I want to share a bit about an early church father, known as Ephrem the Syrian who practiced living and walking in the Spirit.

Born around the early 300s AD to Christian parents, Ephrem was baptized as a youth. He was ordained as a deacon and later began to compose hymns. He wrote a series titled Hymns Against Heresies because he did not want his followers “tossed to and fro and carried around with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness and deceitful wiles.” (Ephesians 4:14) Amazingly, over 400 of his hymns have survived over the centuries! You can actually listen to his musictoday. Click on this link and you can hear “Hymn of Light.” 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyXcJmuxzm0&t=140s

Ephrem also wrote a number of sermons, many in poetic form. He enjoyed using symbols and metaphors in his writings, no doubt patterning his teaching after the Master Rabbi, Jesus. Another area in which he put pen to paper was in biblical commentary, including Genesis, Exodus, and a number of New Testament works.

At some point in his life, he joined a community of believers known as “sons and daughters of the covenant,” an early monastic lifestyle. They dedicated themselves to a life of service and refrained from sexual activity.”

One of Ephrem’s prayers is traditionally recited in many Catholic churches during Lent:

O Lord and Master of my life, spare me from the spirit of apathy and meddling, of idle chatter and love of power. Instead, grant to me, your servant, the spirit of integrity and humility, of patience and love. Yes, O Lord and God, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge others, for you are blessed, now and ever and forever. Amen.

I’m not going to wait for Lent; I’m going to pray this today. I hope you join me.

Have a wonderful, hope-filled week!

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Linaya From Billings At 10/4/2021 1:17:56 PM

I hope to always focus on the positive and not on negative thoughts. We all need to work to make this happen, just as Ephram did. God bless!

Reply by: PS 2710 Ministries

Hi, Linaya. Thanks for sharing. Penelope Kaye

Patricia Thibault From Brattleboro, Vt. At 10/4/2021 10:40:13 AM

I am so glad you shared this about an early church saint. It is a great revelation of how the streams of believers have contributed to the encouragement of us today. It pulls down any strongholds of judging and critical thoughts toward other places of worship, and those who attend there. I repent

Reply by: PS 2710 Ministries

Hi, Patricia. Thanks for sharing such powerful insights! I really enjoyed learning about him. Blessings, Penelope Kaye

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