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"To each (person) is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good". Each person is given the energy, charisma and grace to work for the common interest of the people. The successful achievements of this "service" and "working" should be attributed to one and the same power - the Holy Spirit - Who bestows them. These "varieties", although separate, contribute to the same goal - the helping one another - and depend upon the same authority, the Holy Spirit, the Lord and the God. These are not varieties for destruction, but energies of unification in the service of the Will of God. They are fruits coming from the same root - the inspiration of God Himself.
- Rev. George Mastrantonis
from the Greek Orthodox Archiodecese of Amercia Website
When on the verge of caving into my doubts, it is you, my brothers and sisters, with your resilient faith and sacrificial love, mystically united to me forever via the body and blood of Christ, who rescues me, and inspires me to do all I can, using the specific capabilities God gave me, to light up the darkness. I get a thrill from meeting and hearing about other Orthodox Christians pursuing goodness, beauty and truth with their distinctive talents, benefiting the Body as a whole by being good stewards of their individual gifts. I thoroughly appreciate our differences - varying strengths, passions, personalities, etc. - so much so, I am adding a semi-regular feature to my blog entitled: Gifts for the Common Good. My hope is to regularly introduce Orthodox Christians out there in the world doing interesting things, taking part in interesting vocations. E-mail me! I want to know what you are up to!
My first guest in this series is Sheree Plett, who along with her husband, Jeremy Eisenhaur, creates lovely, lovely music. What a voice she has! It's angelic, I tell you. Sheree and Jeremy converted to Orthodox Christianity three years ago after a summer spent reading Orthodox books given to them by a friend while on tour, and now attend a small parish in Vancouver that Sheree describes as "beautiful and welcoming". They used to tour full-time but presently tour part-time. They are parents now. Sheree, in fact, has just released an album of originally composed lullabies called Hello Night.
What a sweet gift that would make for new mothers (Click HERE to purchase)! Sheree's ethereal, poetic style is peaceful, the kind of music I like to listen to when making dinner in the evenings - the kind of music that calms my insides in the midst of chaos.
I adore this description of Sheree that Jeremy wrote for her website:
Ever since Sheree and I got married, we have always been in pursuit of what we thought was the “good life”. Making music, touring in vans, living somewhere in the country, perhaps in community with others, having lots of kids, living on the fringe…
…sometimes I get distracted though. Or “life” happens, as they say. I get ideas that maybe we should buy a car from a dealership, something new where the trim doesn’t fall off and the wipers work. Or try to buy a big house that we can’t afford. I get lost, but Sheree rarely does. She’s a constant beacon for me.
That’s why she is the best kind of dreamer. She never loses sight of reality like so many of us do. A dreamer in the sense that she sees through the fantasy land that is modern-day living. She’s the real deal. She’s determined. Tough as a farmer, but the softest of mothers.
That’s probably why I’m Sheree’s biggest fan. Her head, her heart and all she is gets poured out into her music. When I hear her subtle voice and simple lyrics, it reminds me what I am and how I should be.
Someone for sure gets the awesome husband award with that! Bravo! Blessings to you Sheree, and your family, and your music. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!