My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the Armenian Festival on Bigelow St. yesterday, After the lamhajun and the baklava, after chatting with the ladies who run to the church bazaar, after the requisite street-fair bounce house experience. we met Edward Dervishian. He and his assistant explained to us the “evil eye.” A pre-Christian symbol that is rooted in Middle Eastern culture, they say wearing an eye will protect you from evil.
I’ve noticed them all around town: Bracelets, keychains, even a diaper pin where a little silver cross dangles between two evil eyes. You can find them behind the counters at Armenian bakeries, or Edward will sell you one (or more!) at ArmenianVendor.com
It got me thinking. As Christians, we use the word evil all the time. Most Episcopal liturgies include the word at least once. We pray that the Lord “deliver us from evil” as though it were a thing or an easily-identified locale. What’s on your heart when you pray about it? Is God your “evil eye”?