Today, I was looking at an icon with our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is an icon who has cried. In fact, there was ours Lord Jesus Christ eyes who cried and as evidence, his tears can be seen even on the painted icon.
Such greatness in the face of our God! Such glory! Such holy silence! And over this silence tears have coursed … tears that have stopped on His cheek, tears that calls us.
He calls us by name gentle; He invites us to look and not to pass along without even caring.
With pain I asked: “Why are you crying, Lord?”
The answer, I know it too well: God, with the heart of a father is sad like a parent forgot by his children’s. He sees us running crazy through the world, tired, worried and, forgetting that He is waiting us to rest in his arms like a parent. We sink into the mud with our hands, walking in the dark, forgetting the heat and light that He wishes to share with us. We stay in pain, forgetting that our God heals. We are afraid of death, forgetting that Christ is life .
It is a natural, normal human thing to live as is sad from the sweat of your brow, but nowadays we are encountering a policy of indebtedness; we are educated on how to live in debts by all means. All credits for personal needs are given now with a bonus: the “compulsory” credit card.
Credit Cards are specifically designed by banks to make customers to make debts and to pay interest. Normally if you take money from the credit card and the next month you return them back all you won’t pay any interest and any fees. But the credit card limit is at least 3 times higher than the salary and therefore is impossible to return all of the money next month and you begin to pay interest and fees. Next month it will calculate interest on interest already accumulated debt and the race goes on. Read more
I smoked for a few years and I’m not at all excited about it, but now I no longer smoke. It has been 6 years from since I quit smoking. How did I do it? I didn’t want to quit and quitting was neither in my plans for future, because I’d liked it.
I and my best friend were going to church every Sunday, staying only 5 minutes and lighting a candle, praying a bit and then leaving. One day, we arrived exactly at the sermon and the priest was presenting several books that you can buy right out from the Church. The book that I stirred the greatest interest was “Smoking is a sin” and I returned the next day and I bought it. I read it as soon as I got home, but honestly I tell you that I did not have high expectations from it. After I finished reading it I decided to quit smoking. From that time until today, with God’s help I’ve never touched the cigarette. I did not know almost anything about God and yet what I read in that book changed me. Read more
When I read a little time ago what Christ was saying: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt.5, 7) I did not understand too well what it covers. I thought firstly that those who will help the poor and will always be generous, will shall obtain the mercy of God on the judgment day, meaning that they will enter the kingdom of heaven.
Now I understand that in addition to the promise there is something else.
I understand that when I have mercy to a poor man and help him, then God shall have mercy on me and He will help me in my problems. I also understand that when I am generous with those in need then God is generous to me and He doesn’t punish me when I make a mistake, or when I sin, but forgives me.
When I have compassion seeing someone suffering and I help him, then so God will have compassion on me when I am wrong and He doesn’t punish. When I was merciful with others, neither God was late to be merciful with me.
I was thinking one day how better it would be not to suffer, not to be troubled, and to have a happy life. Seems pretty impossible here on earth. But I think in most parts this is really possible.
God didn’t punish me often, though, I’ve deserved it. I haven’t received from God troubles or punishments although I should have received them. I have never suffered too much. I cannot say that I had trouble but merely displeasures. I received a lot of gifts from God in my life and for that I am trying to help others as much as I can. This is the reason why I think God has mercy on me and I’m not punished too often, but He forgives me and makes me realize that sometimes I’m wrong and sometimes I’m selfish and sometimes I sin.
I think that whoever does not want to suffer must help the one who suffers, giving him support, love an care. Anyone who raises the suffering (hunger, cold, thirst, etc.) from a person, God will make sure that suffering will avoid him.
“Give to everyone who asks of you and from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.”