My Deepest Thanks – At a Milestone

Today, Glory to God for All Things, passed a milestone in its history, passing the mark of 2 million views. Since its beginning there have been over 1200 posts with over 20,000 comments. This is not a testimony to my industriousness – but rather my joy of writing. It is also a record of many friendships made of a sorts. I meet readers wherever I travel across the Church – a great joy.

For all those who are readers of the blog, I thank you. The conversations that 20,ooo comments represent have occasionally been poignant, even vulnerable.

I am daily grateful for the blessing of His Beatitude, JONAH, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, for his blessing to write. Life is lived in true freedom when it is lived in obedience. Glory to God.

About Fr. Stephen Freeman

Fr. Stephen is a retired Archpriest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe, and Face to Face: Knowing God Beyond Our Shame, as well as the Glory to God podcast series on Ancient Faith Radio.





41 responses to “My Deepest Thanks – At a Milestone”

  1. Daniel Wilson Avatar
    Daniel Wilson

    Christ Is Risen!
    Father Stephen, bless!
    Hearty congratulations. A fool can spend many hours wasting time on-line but everyday I look forward to checking “Glory to God for All Things” and find enlightenment, encouragement, and edification therein. I hope you keep writing for many million more views!

  2. Brian Avatar

    We are blessed to read what you have been blessed to write.

    Glory to God for all things!

  3. Barbara Avatar

    So grateful that this is your obedience! Congratulations, Fr. Stephen! God grant you many many more years of writing.

  4. Jeremiah Avatar

    I never thought to ask my priest for his blessing to start my blog… oops!

    Many Years on the milestone!!

  5. Margaret Avatar

    Christ is Risen!
    May God grant you many years, Fr. Stephen!
    As has been said already: I have been blessed to read what you write here, thank you!
    Glory to God for all things!

  6. Romanós Avatar

    Fortunately for us, not only do you love to write, but you write well and with undiminished and consistent candor, honesty, humility and faith.

    God grant you many years! Axios!

  7. Robert Avatar

    Thank you Father Stephen!

  8. Mark Basil Avatar

    Christ is risen!

    Your concluding paragraph brought a great smile to my face.
    I am so grateful for your receiving and fulfilling this in obedience, reminding all of us bloggers that words we utter have weight, so we had better consider them.

    I am daily grateful for the blessing of His Beatitude, JONAH, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, for his blessing to write. Life is lived in true freedom when it is lived in obedience. Glory to God.

  9. Jerilyn Burgess Avatar
    Jerilyn Burgess

    Christ is Risen!

    Fr. Stephen, a day without your blog is a day without spiritual sunshine. Really! You are such a gifted writer, and we readers are blessed to have you. Thanks for providing this ministry to us.

  10. Max Avatar

    Thank you father, your work gives a lot of thoughts for me giving the joy about American Orthodox people just like us. In Christ we love!

  11. Yudikris Avatar

    Congratulations and Thanks, Father Stephen! 🙂

  12. davidperi Avatar

    Congratulations and a ton of thanks you for the insights, videos, etc…this is one of my favorite sites.

  13. Henry Avatar


    Congratulations, and thanks for continuing to be you.

  14. Anam Cara Avatar
    Anam Cara

    Whew! I was a little worried that you were going to say that you were retiring the blog or something. What would we do without it and you?

    I guess I’m just surprised that you didn’t reach that milestone sooner.

    Thanks for all the hard work, excellent insights, and faithfulness to those of us who check back everyday.

  15. Micah Avatar

    Christ is Risen!

    Thank you indeed for sharing your profound spiritual insights with us all Father Stephen and for sharing them in a spirit of true ecumenism.

  16. JoanieD Avatar

    Congratulations, Father Stephen! That is a testimony to your wonderful writing and your compassion for the people who read and comment.

    I spend time on blogs written by Catholics, Protestants and you. You are my choice of reading to get a perspective on life through Orthodox eyes. And what wonderful eyes you have! Thanks for sharing with the world.

  17. David Di Giacomo Avatar
    David Di Giacomo

    Now if only I could read this blog in hardcover…

  18. Jamie Avatar

    Congratulations Father Stephen. Your blog is excellent and I am learning so much from it.

  19. Reid Avatar

    Congratulations, Fr. Stephen, on this milestone, and thank you for your kind instruction through this blog and otherwise.

  20. Bill Avatar

    Congrats, Fr. Stephen, and thank you for your enlightening, inspiring words that often make my day!

  21. Carolina Avatar

    Thank you, Fr. Stephen, for enligtening our lives with the true light of Christ. May God’s peace be with you.

  22. Karen Avatar

    Congratulations, Father! Your site is my default when I pull up my online browser. There is always something here to edify and spur me on. It has been wonderful to have you as a “cyber” friend, brother, and father in Christ. Axios!

    “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24)

  23. Mary Avatar

    Thank you, Father Stephen.

  24. Handmaid Anna Avatar
    Handmaid Anna

    Christ is Risen!
    Father Stephen thank you for your tireless efforts. Your blog helps me daily to open the eyes of my heart. A day without it seems like a day without sunshine.

  25. fatherstephen Avatar

    I have a manuscript sitting with Conciliar Press – a book should be out later this year – though I’ve not been given a date yet. It’s an exciting thought for me.

  26. Ron Avatar

    Christ is Risen!
    Congratulations Father and thank you so much for you efforts. They are much appreciated.

  27. EPG Avatar


    Let me add my thanks and congratulations as well.

    As a disillusioned Episcopalian, who still mourns what that denomination has thrown away, I find your blog an invaluable resource in my discernment.

  28. Gregory Avatar


    Thank you for your writing You do more good than you know. My family and I were chrismated earlier this month on Holy Saturday, and I do not think that we would have taken that step without the the glimpses you have shown us into the richness of the Orthodox faith. I am sure that you have helped many others on this path.

    I look forward to reading your book.

  29. Joanne Avatar

    Thank you, Father. Your post is the first page I visit each morning. It seems to always speak to my heart. God Bless.

  30. Athanasia Avatar

    I hope, someday, to meet you Father Stephen. Your words have blessed me.


  31. Jane Avatar

    May I add my congratulations to all the others, and Amen to the comments so far!
    Looking forward to seeing the book

  32. yannis Avatar

    Congrats. Always worth a read, and sometimes more.

  33. easton Avatar

    father stephen, thank you for taking the time to do this. your words are always uplifting and touch the heart.

  34. Darlene Avatar

    Dear Father Stephen,

    Bless! And may our Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless you with insight and thoughtful instruction on our Christian walk.

    I was chrismated into the Orthodox Church on Lazarus Saturday, and your blog was an integral part of leading me to this place. Your wisdom has been valuable to me and continues to be so.

    Also, may I say than your blog is one of the most irenic I have read. Indeed, such a spirit of love and mutual upbuilding resides here that is rare to find on the Internet.

    Thank you for all that you do for your readers here on “Glory to God for All Things.” God grant you MANY, MANY years!

    In Christ’s Immeasurable Love,

    Darlene Griffith

  35. Karen Avatar

    Darlene, many years to you also!

  36. yeamlak fitur Avatar
    yeamlak fitur

    Thank you Father. We all are Blessed for your Service.

  37. Peter Avatar

    I am a Copt from Egypt, and a follower of your blog, and I want to thank you for your great effort and time sacrificed in this mission, Glory be to God.

  38. Sharon Avatar

    Thank you Father Stephen

    Your writings have been very important to me over the past two years as I have discovered and come into the Orthodox faith. Thank you!


  39. Michael Avatar

    Glory to God for blessing me with your thoughts and inspiration.

  40. Dean Arnold Avatar

    This blog has turned into a phenomenon.

    We live in remarkable times, that someone can express their thoughts in print, with no particular gatekeepers (big time publishers), and develop thousands of readers from all over the globe.

    Not only do they read; they respond and spark discussions.

    I’m reminded of that Xerox commercial where the monk sees a copy made and exclaims, “It’s a miracle!”

    This blog phenomenon is even more of a miracle, in my opinion.

    Thanks, Father, for your discipline in providing regular content. True, your joy in writing may be the ultimate motivation, but without some sense of duty to your readers to provide regular posts, the audience would drift away.

  41. Mary Bongiorno Avatar

    I am so grateful for your writtings. They touch the deep within me. In some ways i have been gathering the parts of myself, as I cry out to GOD in prayer and Thanksgiving knowing that within and above and about GOD is still with me, even now. And one other thing, I have been so blessed by HIS wealth in scripture, tradition, that even in this battle I cannot let go the the life that CHRIST wants for me to be made whole and the seemingly fragmented parts to CHRIST can become a Creation of HIS WORDS< HIS HANDS. I laugh at myself because for a long time I kept drawing HIS hands. And trees, with HIS hands holding trees. I love GOD. Mary

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