Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes -
Spiritual Nourishment for the Soul - February 2003
|Last Modified February 9th, 2003|
In Times Of Illness & Sorrow
Sickness and sorrow come, more or less, to us all.
Do not, however, look upon this illness as a punishment from our loving Lord God, as some well-meaning friend may tell you. Our God is not like that. He loves us all and not only is He with us, but He also cares about us all. All of us are precious in the sight of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Do not regard this illness as a great calamity in life. It need not be that. You can make it, instead, a gateway to great blessings.
It may be that while you were in good health you gave too little time to the cause of your precious soul. You were too busy with the affairs of office, shop, farm, school or home, so that you had little time left for God. It may be that He had to shut you in, in order to speak to you. But whether that is so or not, you can let God speak to you in a special way during your illness.
This sickness of yours may be the opportunity of a lifetime. Listen to God while you are on your back, or while you are recuperating, and learn from Him. Much good can come out of this experience that you might not gain in any other way. “We know that for those who love God all things work together unto good” (Romans 8:28). Let there come to you out of this illness a blessing instead of a breakdown.
Do not let this sickness get you down in spirit. While lying on your bed, look up instead of down. Look into yourself and see how helpless you are without God.
I would like to humbly share with you the following prayers in times of sickness and sorrow:
O Lord and my God, Physician of souls and bodies, may Thy presence ever be with me.
Prayer To The Most Holy Mother Of God
O My most holy Lady, the Mother of God, by the holy and all-powerful prayers remove from me, thy humble and burdened servant, despair, forgetfulness, lack of understanding, and negligence, and take away all unclean, crafty, and blameworthy thoughts from my smitten heart, and from my darkened mind; quench the flame of my passion, for I am poor and lost; deliver me from many cruel recollections and undertakings, and set me free from all evil actions; for thou art blessed of all generations, and thy most honorable name is glorified unto the ages of ages. Amen.
Prayers Of Thanksgiving
O Lord Jesus Christ the Life and Strength of all who put their trust in Thee, whose mercies are without number, and the treasury of whose goodness is infinite: I give thanks for the blessings which you have bestowed upon me, your unworthy servant, and I humbly beseech Thee to continue Thy goodness towards me. And as Thou hast been pleased to restore me, Thy unworthy servant, to bodily health, so do Thou endue my soul with all heavenly graces, and perseverance in good works, and prepare me by Thy blessings in this life for the enjoyment of eternal happiness in the life to come. For unto Thee are due all glory, thanksgiving and worship, with Thy unoriginate Father, and Thine all holy, and good and life giving Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
May Christ our True God bless you with His Right Hand!
Humbly In Christ Our Lord,In The Love Of Our Lord God,
+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Glory Be To God For All Things!
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