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.
Take a few moments to reflect upon the words of the saints.
What is grace? It is the blessed power of God given to he man who believes and who was baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity. It is the power that cleanses, sanctifies, enlightens, that helps in doing good and withdraws from evil, that comforts and gives courage in misfortunes, sorrows and sickness. It is the pledge of receiving the everlasting blessings prepared by God in heaven for His Chosen ones.
~St. John of Kronstadt
The soul that loves God has its rest in God and in God alone. In all the paths that men walk in the world, they do not attain peace until they draw nigh to hope in God.
~St. Isaac the Syrian
God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves
~St. John Chrysostom
Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
As I sit in a semi-asleep trance this Saturday morning, realizing I had been desperate enough for coffee but too tired to remember to get it out of the Keurig when it was done..... I walk to the kitchen to get my cup and reflect over what I have just read. I come back and realize the coffee is not that hot but I really must get myself back into some habits..... writing being one of them (here I am!)and my peaceful reflections being another....bible reading, Orthodox reading and reading in general.
Today I share some snippets I found in the 201 Daily Lives, Miracles and Wisdom of Saints and Fasting Calendar put out by the Orthodox Calendar Company. It is not from today's reading as I am WAY behind in my readings!
The Lord said, "Learn from Me to be meek and humble of heart." There are many types of humility. You can be obedient and reproach yourself in everything - this is a form of humility. Another can repent his sins and count himself the lowest before Christ - this is also a form of humility. But when a soul sees the Lord through the Holy Spirit in all His meekness and humility, then it also becomes humbled to its limits. This is a special sort of humility which cannot be described, it can only be experienced through the Holy Spirit. And if people could experience the Lord through the Holy Spirit, they would all change - the wealthy would despise their wealth, the learned their studies, the powerful their glory and authority, and all would be humbled and would live in great peace and love, and the earth would be filled with great joy. He who has experienced God through the Holy Spirit has a different understanding and taste. ~ St. Silouan the Athonite
We leave our tasks unfinished because of our negligence or debility, for we do not carry out the work of God diligently and do not regard it as our main task; on the contrary, we disdain it as a kind of incidental chore. Because of this we fail to prosper, or indeed often regress, like those others who 'turned black' and no longer followed Jesus (cf. Jn. 6:66). And yet what Jesus said was nothing harsh, as they thought, for he was speaking to them about doctrine. None the less, where a resolute disposition and desire are lacking, even easy things appear difficult - though the reverse is true as well. ~St. Peter of Damascus
As I attempt to pick myself up from boxes and messes and days filled with running here and there and try to get back into a 'normal' routine - whatever that may be - I'll think upon these words that penetrated my soul this morning.... I hope you will join me. Blessings!!