Voices from Russia

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Где же Бог? Where is God?

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In recent months, the monstrous concentration of madness, enmity, and hatred troubled us, leading to increasing anxiety, a multiplication of our suffering and pain.

Where is God?

In recent years, we’ve had problematic responses to the increase of nature’s disturbances on the one hand, and the intensification of human passions on the other. Nevertheless, both of these things have close connections. I don’t have any wonder at the increasing madness about me. However, I’m not scared and I don’t lose heart, because, ultimately, it’s what we do, not under what circumstances or what era that we live in that determines things. That’s the main issue that should concern us, and that should strengthen us amidst all these alarming events taking place around us. Maybe, we should start praying a little bit more and with more intensity than usual, asking the Lord to intervene in our madness and to lead us into an agreement with his Divine Will. Maybe, it’s time to become a little more careful with our words and deeds, making sure that they’re in consonance with the Gospel. Maybe, we should try a little harder to start doing what’s good for Christ’s sake. Moreover, our prayer, our faith, and the fruits of our faith are great things, even if only on the scale of our own lives and the lives of our families and our loved ones. Without a doubt, Elder Paisy of the Holy Mountain was wise when he taught that if you wanted to make the world better, you’d best start with yourself, to make a small part of our world a better place. We should all take a deep breath, trust God, and be patient. The Lord will put everything in its place! We should take care that our place remains constant… at the feet of Our Saviour.

29 June 2017

Yuri Igorevich Vorobyov

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