Grieve with moderation. Go with your heart through the promises of our bright faith and through the revelations you find in them for easing your troubles!
You have troubles after troubles…Do you know what means this? It means that God remembers about you. It is unusual to think in this way but it is right.
He remembered you not with anger, but with mercy. You see only the shortages and losses and you don’t see the mercy that hides beneath them.
On earth there are more troubles and hardships than joys. All of them are sent by God either for awaking us from our moral drowsiness or for putting an end to our injustices and sins, or for their cleansing through repentance, or for the growth of our obedience towards God who ordains them all for giving us the opportunity to prove our courage and patience and other high virtues for the glory of God.
Saint Teophanus the Recluse
Excerpt from ”Wise advice”, Egumenița Publishing, page 236.