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The Beginning of the Journey

Why is the first post always the most difficult? You don’t know me and I don’t know you. I get it. At the same time, I need to share with you, who I am, so you may know me, and that you actually have an interest to come back and read more.

So, considering that many people might not navigate to the About link, I could perhaps just copy the information over to the first post, but that’s lame. I did a quick google search for what a first post should look like really. Credit goes to Mack Collier and his blog post, “How To Write Your First Blog Post”, it helped get the writing going a bit. I’m still learning.

My name is Fr. Michael Fanous, I am a Coptic Orthodox Priest of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii, and I serve at St. Mary Magdalene Coptic Orthodox Church in Palm Desert, California. Before I was ordained to the priesthood, I pursued the study of Psychology and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. The rest of the details of my life can be found in the about section of this blog.

I decided to start writing this blog, because I felt an inner desire to share my own personal thoughts, brainstorm ideas, and just write about things that happen in life. I am not a professional writer or blogger. But I do believe that there is a positive benefit in writing for yourself therapeutically, and since I am writing, why not share what I write, with everyone.

I plan on blogging concerning a range of different topics. Like I said, much of this will be sharing my own personal thoughts, readings, or experiences of life. There will be posts relating to spiritual edification, family life, marriage, and technology articles for some fun. I pray that I will have more to expand on and share. I hope that if you come across the blog and read an article, it provides some benefit for you.

Life is a conversation, it’s not a monologue. Technology is a double-edge sword and has allowed for more communication, but has also limited face-to-face interactions. Hopefully, there can be respectful interaction within this personal blog. There is a commenting system provided by Disqus. The blog posts are shared via the Facebook Page and on my own Twitter handle @FrMichaelFanous. Lastly, you can always leave questions or e-mail me through the blog. Feedback is always appreciated.

The title of this blog, ‘Sojourner in this Place,’ has much meaning to me, which I will write about in the next post. But, I’ll end this post now before I ramble too much.

At the end of the day, I am just a regular guy who enjoys family, friends, sports and coffee. I go through the same struggles of life as everyone else does. Within those struggles, I am constantly asking and looking for God’s hand in my life. He is constantly working in my life, but sometimes we just need to focus a bit as we wander from place to place, keeping the faith, being filled with peace and grace from above, and awaiting to be with Him. See you in the next post.