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  • Writer's pictureBishop Mesrop Parsamyan

Hye Doon

Imagine living in a place where no one knows your name or your past or shares your dreams. In such a world, you might feel like a stranger, isolated and disconnected. But God’s world isn’t like that. Through His infinite love and grace, He brings us together, not just as acquaintances but as cherished members of His own family.

In the book of Ephesians, Apostle Paul gives us a profound reminder: “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household” (Ephesians 2:19). These words are not just comforting; they are transformative. They invite us to change how we view ourselves and each other. In God’s eyes, there are no outsiders, no foreigners. We are all insiders; we are family members of His household.

Yesterday, I began my pastoral visit to the Armenian community in Detroit, and my first meeting took place with a vibrant group of young professionals known as "Hye Doon - Armenian Home" at St. John Armenian Church. Witnessing their energy and commitment to their community and heritage, I was reminded of this powerful reality. Like these young Armenians of Detroit, we are linked by something greater than our individual stories. We are bonded through the spirit of Christ, which fills His Armenian household, Hye Doon.

In this fast-paced world, it’s easy to feel like a stranger. But remember, you are not alone, you have a family, you are a member of God’s household. Let’s carry this message in our hearts and spread the love that defines us as members of God’s family.

This identity should empower us to reach out to those who still feel like outsiders. Invite them in, and show them the love and acceptance we have received from God.

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