When we pray for someone who comes into our life, it is easier to tell God what we believe is best for that person, especially those who are to be close to us. The hard part is to say Thy Will Be Done...
Saint Therese of Lisieux seemed to "get her own way" with God every time she requested something of Him. But, what she didn't realise was the cost to her as it was God in her working out His purposes, she was just was the speaker for The Word of God to grant God's mercies and graces as are all those who follow Him. She came home to who she was, and had the grace to know what would fulfill her from an early age. She came to realise the cost of discipleship
Stephen; Welcome Home... Don't look back during your life on Earth. You have been called to a higher purpose and He has work for you to do... Love and Mercy is the Key to opening the doors you think are fast shut, but as you walk each step of this life you will discover who you are. May you also have the grace to know what will fulfill you from your early age.
When our loved ones who live far away die, the reality doesn't sink in for many weeks, even when the funeral is over and life continues as if they were never there. It's like a wound that cuts very deep, but, as it heals, the skin knits but the scar is always visible.
This life seems like a dream.
I go about my daily life, and all around the world others' lives are coming to an end. One day mine will too. I hope and pray that I may know the reality to which Saint Paul refers: "Then we shall know even as we are known. Now we see as in a distorted mirror, then we shall see clearly and face to face".
Rest in peace, Dear Aunt Olga, with Uncle Jack, Dad, Linda, and Mike's Dad, Malcolm.
Love you FOREVER... We'll meet again... Lord, Have Mercy.
Lord, My boat is so small and the ocean so big; Please keep Your hand on the rudder of life, and grant me safe passage through the storms into the safe harbour of Thy Kingdom. Amen.
When I am challenged by outside forces that threaten the stillness of acceptance of life, what do I do? Burst into tears... ! I do not know where life is heading but I know that my Redeemer liveth, and His hand is on the rudder of my life. I ask it always will be! And, when I get hold of the rudder and pull it the way I want it to go, I pray He will use enough force to get my hand off it and allow it to go under His direction alone and in His direction always.
That's what my darling Sister did on 13th May 2009.
Linda suffered from Pulmonary Hypertension for 4 years, taking each stage of the disease as a garment to be worn. She kept the depth of her suffering from us, her family, and if love alone could've saved her she would never have become ill in the first place.
Sis; There will never be a day when I won't miss you.
You're dying was so peaceful and what I'd always prayed it would be; That was the miracle. During those 4 years you became what I always knew you could be... and this time you didn't want to run away. If we take anything from your life with us, that's it, you finally accepted what you couldn't change, and lived as fully as life would allow you without struggling to change it to other than what it was. I console my heart, mind and soul with the knowledge and ever increasing hope that you are with My Dad and yours, and all together with The Heavenly Father; and I will always remember the fun, joy and love you gave each of us. God keep you in His nearer care until I see ya later; Loveyalots, and forever. Catrina X X X
Praying for healing is the hardest prayer of all. I love my Sister so much and cannot bear watching her suffer anymore. Lord, Have Mercy.
I hurt for the children of Edlington, the parish where I worship. They have such adult awful words and burdens to bear, which they hear from the people in their lives, who are also hurting and having to carry the evil of the worst attributes of life. Lord, Have Mercy.
I miss my Dad, and, of course, Mike's Dad. Lord, Have Mercy.
I pray for those who seek for a companion for this life, especially M.N. and H. knowing they carry love for one who is to come into their life to fulfill the desire of their heart. Lord, Have Mercy.
Through the prayers of The Most Holy Theotokos, Saint Katerina, Saint Seraphim, Saint John Maximovich and Christ's gift to Essex, Blessed Father Sophrony, O Saviour; Save Us.
Forgive us our trespasses... Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do...
Put to death... Let go of all that I do not want to become - but I still embody, enflesh all that I, the misguided ego believes and creates I should be, and I follow eagerly. The truth is it's all fantasy - illusion - because who I am is actually so far from the unity, oneness of being, with and in all Creation with all Humanity. BE-ing is a present tense. I was.. I am... I will be - but the truth is, all I have is NOW.
In The Discarded Image, C.S.Lewis states; "Strictly speaking, He (God, The Holy Trinity) never foresees; He simply sees. Your ‘future’ is only an area, and only for us a special area, of His infinite Now. He sees (not remembers) your yesterday’s acts, because yesterday is still ‘there’ for Him; he sees (not foresees) your tomorrow’s acts, because He is already in tomorrow. As a human spectator, by watching my present act, does not at all infringe its freedom, so I am none the less free to act as I choose in the future because God, in that future (His present) watches me acting".
God is I am.
The I am is always "now", that's why Paul who, through experience, could write with confidence in the truth of this; Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, and to day, and for ever.The main reason the people of that time in Palestine mocked Jesus and scourge Him and put Him to death was because He had showed and said "before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58)
If I continue to embody all the thoughts that tie me to "identity", I will never allow the work, God's work with my co-operation, of Him restoring His image and likeness which He desires to be accepted by and within my heart, mind, soul, and strength.
To whom can I turn for help in this endeavour? As Saint Paul, again, wrote - "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory in our Lord Jesus Christ!" "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword (or recession)? No! In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us, and gave Himself for us"
O Lord, By Thy voluntary Passion and offering to and for mankind upon The Cross, You have opened the Gates of Paradise and Peace, and call all to the feast of The Lamb who is also Shepherd, Lord and King. O long suffering Lord, Glory To Thee. Amen.
Full of Grace... The Lord is with thee... Blessed among women... For You have borne Our Saviour!
Hail Myriam... to her parents their beloved, wished-for child, hence her name!
She desired whilst growing up in the temple, where her aged parents had deposited her towards the end of their earthly lives, to be the handmaiden of the one who was to be the mother of The Lords chosen one. Father Zacharias of St. John Baptist Monastery, Essex explaines her humbleness in her prayer for this desire before God which granted her to be raised up from the lowest place (of service to another who would be chosen) to be the very chosen Mother for God; Who came to BE LIFE for those who chose, and choose, to follow Him. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God; The Word became flesh and dwe;t among us..." This Word, This Person, is life giving, but not just by reading and but by actual acceptance and interaction, actual participation with the Person of Christ, The Father, and The Holy Spirit. As God grew in the womb of Mary, Mother of God, let us ask that He visit our hearts and minds as we look to the final enactment of The Incarnation - Holy Pascha, Our Passover, and the love which is poured upon mankind, made in His image, which continues to turn it's back on that LOVE and healing and let us pray; Lord Have Mercy.
I found this on another fellow bloggers' site - Thanks Ron!
What is truth?" Pilate asked Jesus (John 18:38).
He didn't realize the truth was standing right in front of him. Jesus said: "I am the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6). Truth is not doctrine, philosophy, a book...Truth is a person - Jesus! Jesus the incarnate God is the fullness of the Truth. "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17)."
Jesus was praying to the Father..."Sanctify them by the truth; your word (logos) is truth (John 17:17)." Who is the word? [John 1:1 - "In the beginning was the Word (logos), and the Word (logos) was with God, and the Word (logos) was God.]
Fr. Stephen Freeman wrote: "The Bible is not God’s revelation to man: Jesus Christ is God’s revelation to man. The Scriptures bear witness to Him and are thus “true” as a true witness to the God/Man Jesus Christ."..." Things are true and false only as they are compared to Him. He may be compared to nothing else."
Whatever I do today, may I do wholeheartedly and without seeking for my own gain, but the healing of mankind. My Saviour and Lord has shown the way, The Apostles and followers down the ages have kept to His footsteps, and are ready to offer whatever they are required of this day. Only LOVE can make a memory that is worth keeping. May momories which come today be full of love. If they come with pain, let forgivness heal them. May those thoughts be melted by the acceptance of the person I was then, but now changed. I am who I am in life where I am.
Today is the day of Salvation... Reach for The Lord's hand...
God does not 'keep an eye' on us, checking up on us with a big brother checklist, making sure we keep every one of the commandments! He watches out for and over us, and tries to lead us, guide us in the way of peace and harmony.
Most of the time, however, I drift along... only remembering I am not, and need not be, alone when I (or those I love) get into trouble!
Like a mother watches her children, and cares for them, so does God. Even going the extra mile... Actually coming to us as one of us; and, if we ask, within us, to make us like Him, giving us what we need to bring peace and harmony. However - This requires work on my part! I have to make my heart and mind a place of love, peace and harmony, by ejecting all thoughts that do not create that kind of response!
By this grace of God at work within me and my response to it (for that is what it is!) I pray eventually I too will say I AM... I AM no longer me, but we! I will have become who I am and meant to be and I will be at one with ALL.
It may be a big hope but my experience is "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion" Philippians 1v6. Amen... Lord Have Mercy...
Married to Michael, happily!
Orthodox Christian Canine Carer, while owners go on their holidays.
Love all my family and friends wherever they are, in this life or the next.
Repentance is the key to happiness!