For Ever

by Melodius Monk  

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  What a promise from God.  If I think about it, what in my life can I hold the same? I’ve already broken my New Year’s, resolution weeks ago. If I try to hold a resolve, for example, to be more loving to all my “neighbors”, even for a day – I can’t, no matter how hard I try. I’m too selfish. 

Looking back on my life, God has always proved good to me, though daily I forget this. But maybe it’s okay to be needy, since He has loved me, and therefore will always, always, be there to help me up.

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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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