Orthodox River

God's providence and Pain

Quotes from Elder Symeon Kragiopoulos

We should never hesitate to ask for God’s intervention. However we should be willing to accept either His immediate response or, if you please, His immediate lack of response. We make our requests, but He knows when and how He will grant us what we want.

When in pain, try not to rebel and try not to complain, not at all. Don’t let grumbling be your reaction. If the whole world harms you, not even then, should you say: “they did me wrong.” Nothing occurs against you, if God does not allow it. God allows it because you need pain. (Mind you, I’m not saying they did the right thing.)