Friday, March 13, 2015

Wait upon the Lord

By St. Dimitry of Rostov

Do not be weak of soul and impatient, desiring everything to come to pass according to your will. It is better to pray to God with tranquility of soul and patience, leaving everything to His will. Never demand the speedy fulfillment of your desires – not all of them are good, nor the attainment of them beneficial. You may test which of your desires are in agreement with the Lord's will by continued expectation and zealous prayer. If it is in agreement with the Lord's will then God shall grant it, and promptly; if not, He shall prevent and withhold it for your own good, according to His providence for you. But you, whether God gives or does not give, receive everything with thankfulness and meekness of heart.

Translated from Russian by Fr. Zechariah & Mat. Natalia