I will try to keep this post short and to the point.
Last July my family decided to leave the Episcopal Church. It seemed that we no longer could make peace with the decisions of the church.
We have visited many fine churches. None of them seemed to fit. I have been curious about Orthodox Christianity for some time. I had studied and read many writings from the church. One Sunday we visited a Orthodox Church partly out of desperation, and partly to visit with friends who attend this particular church.
Well all I can say is something about orthodoxy sparked light inside my wife. For some time she has struggled with faith. She is not shy about it, and the faith she has is genuine. She is comfortable staying in this state, and really wants more.
For a few months we have been attending a really nice Byzantine Catholic Church. Partly our of convenience, and for other reasons. As I understand it this parish is not like most and is less "Roman Catholic" in thought and identity.
The parish is nice, and the Liturgy is done well. We really have made no friends at this parish, and they do not have any programs for my children. I don't mind the lack of a teaching program if friendships would develop.
This comes to the real problem. My wife is desperate for friends. She is very shy. She home schools our children, and does not work outside our home. It seems that the lack of fellowship is limiting her desire to commit to any particular church. She identifies her self as Orthodox Christian, and I don't think has any interest in being anything else.
Last Sunday we visited an OCA parish closest to us. It was very nice. I enjoyed it greatly. Our whole family enjoyed it. We will be returning this Sunday, and possibly Vespers Saturday night. This Sunday we will be able to stay for coffee after Liturgy.
My prayer this week, and what I am asking you all to pray for us is that my wife would hit it off with another woman close to her age at the parish. A friend at the church would make all the difference, and I am sure this would be the final church in our long Journey.