About Kh. Maggie Hock
Khouriya Maggie Hock is the North American Director of the Antiochian Department of Marriage & Parish Family Ministries. A fully licensed and credientialed Psychotherapist and Mediator (LMHP, CPC, LPC), specializing in crisis and trauma, individual, marital, parenting, group therapy and corporate dynamics. Degrees: B.A. Organizational Management, M.A. Management, M.S. Counseling with a Superior Scholar designation at Creighton University. She in currently completing a Psy D.
Kh. Maggie has worked for many years counseling and redirecting the lives of chronically ill and addicted homeless, felons and prostitutes, serving as the Director of Recovery Services for the Siena/Francis House in Omaha, Nebraska. She worked for Fr. Flanagan’s Boys Town as a Crisis Counselor and Parent Training Expert. Kh. Maggie has counseled countless individuals in crisis on their International Crisis Line where the mission is “Any problem, any age, any time.” She maintains an active Psychotherapy practice counseling from an Orthodox Christian perspective.
Recently Kh. Maggie was awarded the St. Catherine of Siena Award for healing work with the homeless. She is a member of International Who’s Who Historical Society for “having demonstrated exemplary achievement and distinguished contributions to the business community.” Kh. Maggie was a writer on the Orthodox Study Bible- Old Testament Project and past Chairperson of the Communication Committee for the OCMC Board of Directors. Kh. Maggie has been married to the V. Rev. Fr. Don Hock for over thirty-eight years parenting five children and enjoying seven grandchildren. They have been serving the St. Mary Orthodox Parish in Omaha since 1992. Previously they served as missionaries to Western Europe where they ministered in numerous multicultural communities.
by Kh. Maggie Hock
WHEN PARENTS AT THE TIME OF CHRIST brought their children to Him for a blessing, the disciples rebuked them. However, our Lord commanded them, “‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’ And He laid His hands on them” (Matthew 19:13–15). Christ did not dismiss the children because of their youth and inexperience; instead, He brought them close and honored them with His blessing.
Everything about a little child speaks of his innocence and trust. Their refreshingly innocent spirit inspires us as parents to live a life that honors their trust. Children love with their whole heart, a love that inspires us to see God’s unconditional love. And little children believe completely in their parents’ ability to protect them, which inspires us to live a life that provides the direction and security required for their healthy growth and maturity.
A child’s very nature provides a context in which parents are inspired to provide the best possible life experiences for them. A natural synergy develops in the parent-child relationship. As the parent loves and provides for the child, the child returns that love and motivates parents to do their best job in representing God’s love in the context of this intimate human experience.
Parents are for the child the first door to the Kingdom of God. By the way the parents live a godly life, they provide the first example of God’s love and care. Saint Theophan the Recluse (The Path to Salvation) advises that “the upbringing in the home is the root and foundation of everything that follows.” Setting a right foundation, then, is the first priority of the parent for the child. When an infant has such a beginning in life, there is little that can change his belief later as he matures. The foundation of belief becomes a part of the concrete, so to speak, that hardens and forms the person the child grows into.