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.
Today's Gospel reading comes from Luke 8:41-56. It is the story of Jairus and his daughter. The man falls at Jesus' feet and begs him to come help his twelve-year-old daughter who is dying. As the multitudes gather around Him as he walks to the home of Jairus, a woman with a flow of blood reaches out to touch him. Jesus feels the power of healing go out of him and tells her it is her FAITH that has made her well. At this moment, a messenger arrives and tells Jairus that his daughter has already passed from this life. But Jesus tells Jairus to not fear, but to HAVE FAITH. Arriving at the home, Jesus tells the mourners the child is just sleeping. They scoff at his remark. Yet, just a short while later, the child arises with vigor!
It was faith that saved the woman with the hemorrhage, and faith that saved the daughter of Jairus. The power of faith is STRONG.
"Your Lord is Love: love Him and in Him all men, as His children in Christ. Your Lord is a fire: do not let your heart be cold, but burn with faith and love. Your Lord is light: do not walk in darkness of mind, without reasoning or understanding, or without faith." ~ St. John of Kronstadt
“Just as the blessings of God are unutterably great, so their acquisition requires much hardship and toil undertaken with hope and faith.”~ St. Macarius the Great
"We have very little faith in the Lord, very little trust. If we trusted the Lord as much as we trust a friend when we ask him to do something for us, neither we as individuals nor our whole country would suffer so much.” ~ Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica from Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives