Orthodox Thought for the Day


Sunday, October 27, 2013

On bearing pain and illness

Just as the earth becomes productive when the plow tills it deeply, likewise the soul becomes fruitful in virtues when pain and illness visit it frequently and intensely!  The more pain and affliction a person has, the more beautiful his crown becomes.  And if there are many and various pains that oppress him, then the crown of glory is adorned with many flowers and pearls. 


Gold has to pass through the furnace to become purified, and the soul of a Christian has to pass through the furnace of temptations to receive the seal of eternal glory in the royal treasury of Christ the King.  If holy and blessed people passed through the furnace of pain and were benefited, how much more pain suits us and how much benefit we will derive from it when we endure it with knowledge and gratitude!  It is when we see pain oppressing us, physically or spiritually, that we should consider that we are loved by God and that He has placed us in the ranks of His chosen. 

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