The creativity of Beth Hopkins

Beth has a web blog: In Case of Fire, Use Stairs

Which begins, “Welcome to your Near-Beth-Experience”

A Post explaining the title: Entitlement

As the post explains, Beth has a disability. The post also reveals how she has retained a keen sense of humor not only in spite of the disability, but because of it!

The Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

She is also an Orthodox Christian. In this post she introduces a very important person in the Kingdom of Christ:

Behold Your Mother: Getting to Know the Virgin Mary

(Who, when informed by the Archangel Gabriel that she was God’s chosen vessel to bear the Messiah, the Christ, responded, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” Is not, therefore, the Ever-Virgin Mary, the Theotokos,  not the true Ark of the new covenant? Without any doubt! Fittingly, we celebrate this event 9 months before Christmas on March 25th.)

Beth Hopkins not only goes to movies; she reads the book behind the movie, which is very important when you want to get behind Hollywood’s interpretation (distortion) of a literary classic. Here is her impressions of the Tolkien trilogy and the Hobbit:

What I’m tolkien about: 3 lessons from the Lord of the Rings

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In this highly personal post, Beth reflects on marriage and her use a wheelchair, and realistically appraises the situation:

Look At Me: Why Looking Past Disability is Toxic for Relationships

Her conclusion:

Looking past me isn’t good enough anymore. It’s time to look at me. This, everything you see, and everything you don’t, is part of who I am. The perfect person for me is someone who loves and accepts all parts of me: typical and different.

Let’s not settle for relationships where someone looks past, ignores, or avoids any part of who we are. Let’s start to dream of someone who looks at us intently, and loves what they see.

(Beth’s posts cover quite a variety of subjects- popular music, movies, mission, and reflections on aspects life in general. Well, perhaps not in general, as the subjects are usually very specific and rarely mundane. But as this is an Orthodox Christian resource page, the next three posts mentioned are her personal insights on the Orthodox Christian Faith.)

A reflection on Psalms 23 and her journey of continual repentance:

He hath converted my soul

as well as her exultant Paschal celebration:

Happy New Year

She writes,

Being someone who hates to feel stuck, I crave-and relish-the feeling of renewal. And to know I have it, and to spend an entire day immersing myself in the knowing, is a beautiful thing indeed.

A Poem by Beth based on Psalm 103:

dust and back again

Her personal introduction from her blog “In Case of Fire, Use Stairs:” 

Beth Who?

On You Tube:

Tweets:

Bethahop

On a friend’s blog, two posts by Beth:

1. a letter to her friend’s very young son Sim discussing life in a wheelchair:

Letter to Simeon

2. a response to her friend’s post:

Dreams of What is Not:  Sleepwalking

One of the articles by Beth Hopkins published on the Huffington Post: 

 I Don’t Need Your Faith Healing

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