Take some time on this day to just sit quietly, ponder on the words of God and His saints - reflect on the wonders of this life and all of creation.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things." Philippians 4:5-8
It seems that everything I read these days tell me to rid myself of my anxious heart. And here are words from the holy book - from our Holy God, telling me (us) the same thing. I must change my perspective. Stress is nothing new- it's been around since Adam and Eve were tempted and fell into that temptation! But our anxieties can interfere with our relationship with God. It is not good to dwell on the negatives or the things we can not change in this world. It is best to meditate upon what is lovely and praiseworthy!
"Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.” ~Proverbs 12:25
“It is a great art to succeed in having your soul sanctified. A person can become a saint anywhere. He can become a saint in Omonia Square, if he wants. At your work, whatever it may be, you can become a saint through meekness, patience, and love. Make a new start every day, with new resolution, with enthusiasm and love, prayer and silence — not with anxiety so that you get a pain in the chest.”
– St. Porphyrios
O Lord, I do not know what to ask of You. You alone know what are my true needs. You love me more than I myself know how to love. Help me to see my real needs which are concealed from me. I do not dare to ask either for a cross or for consolation. I can only wait on You. My heart is open to You. Visit and help me, for the sake of Your great mercy. Strike me and heal me; cast me down and raise me up. I worship in silence Your holy will and Your unsearchable ways. I offer myself as a sacrifice to You. I have no other desire than to fulfill Your will. Teach me to pray. Pray You Yourself in me. Amen.
- Prayer of Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow
Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy on Me, a Sinner.