This years Pascha Week was insane. So many things happened. While not getting into any specifics, let’s just say they weren’t good. One thing that was truly amazing was how the church truly prayed together from the heart on these days. I’ll speak for myself when I say this. (Although I am ashamed to say it). Sometimes I go through the “motions” of church. Sometimes taking it as a routine. I know it’s bad but that is just how I feel sometimes. (Working on it.. Prayers please. :-))
When these unfortunate events occurred you could feel the whole church praying together in one spirit. This was the best feeling ever. Our Priest couldn’t have said it better. Usually in these times of intense prayer such as the ones of Pascha Week, Satan tries his hardest in order to keep people away from the Church and away from God. Satan will try and give severe tribulation in times when your relationship with God is getting stronger and reaching a new level. It’s in these times that you must keep your faith strong.
“For assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:20
I can attest to this. We all have our baggage and our own tribulations that we face. The minute we lose our faith is when we have waved the white flag. That is why it is so crucial to keep your faith strong. Now if it were that easy than everyone could do it. Who of us has ever had any doubts about God’s presence in our lives during our times of tribulation. I will be the first to say. That is why any tribulation is like a test.
I was recently reading the story of Job and going over all of the tribulations that he had went through. Man! This guy! I’m going over each one and I’m shocked at his faith. Surely the tribulation you are facing is not as difficult as the many tribulations Job was facing. And in the end Job got a much better reward than what he had before. No doubt it was hard in the beginning and throughout but in the end everything ended up for the better.
So remember anytime you are taking on severe tribulation consider it a test. Are you going to pull through and thank God for this tribulation or will you let Satan get the better of you and let you fall into despair?
-Until next time
Your brother in Christ,
P.S. Pray for me