Strength and Hope

Edification, consolation, aids to Theosis. There are enough Orthodox blogs out there willing to point out in greatest detail what is wrong with this world. Holy Orthodoxy isn't about lamenting over what is wrong so much as rejoicing that what is wrong with this world can be made right, can be deified.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Endurance

The physical therapist understands the pain suffered by their patients, but views that pain differently than the patient. The patient sees their pain as a thing that should never be, and to that the therapist would agree. The goal of painlessness is not the issue. The issue is one of timing. The therapist sees pain as a necessary part of the healing process; often pain of different types are seen as markers of progress. So the patient grimaces at times, or their world goes white as the stabbing pain steals all their senses. The pain so acute that the patient is either forced into silence or unbridled weeping does not deter the therapist, and if the therapist is wise, communicates this "knowing" to the patient so the patient doesn't lose heart and forsake their healing.

So it is with us in the spiritual life. We aren't just magically removed from our pain at the time of our Chrismation because like our bodies during physical therapy, our spirits need time to adjust to wellness. Sadness, loss, grief, frustration, pain; all these are signs of adjustment, indications that things are changing in us, for the better.

So let us surrender to our therapy, to our healing, especially now, during Lent. Endure everything. God is faithful and will not allow us to be overwhelmed by our circumstances.

Endure. Endure. Endure.

He is the Reward of those who diligently seek Him.

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