Dear Friends in Christ,
In these hard times, I have very little to offer you except my love and prayers and to inflict my poetry on you, a captive audience!!
Remember the Little things – diary of a Pustinnyk
A little miracle happened this morning when my printer decided to fail and “go on strike.”I pushed various buttons at random but to no avail. The question mark on the printer display reflected my own state of perplexity! I was wondering how I was going to print the Akathist for Friday evening and thinking of possible alternatives? Well, the All-Holy Mother of God must have seen my anguish and came to my aid. On returning after prayers, I tried again and the printer worked perfectly. I am sure some with more technological skills will have a perfectly good explanation for how it came to work, but for me who is incompetent, my first recourse is to prayer.
It set me thinking that the faith of little children is very simple even though they are computer literate; their questions are most perceptive and their observations often revelatory.
The shadow of the wind
Matthew 21:16 And Jesus said to them,
’Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants,
You have perfected praise’?”
The little boy held his Grandad’s hand tightly in the driving rain.
He suddenly stopped and looked down and stared at the puddle before him.
His Grandfather anticipated some mischievous action from his little grandson.
Was he going to jump into the puddle and make a splash?
But no, the infant just stood there, looking intently into the puddle.
Then he looked up at his beloved elder, and with enquiring eyes asked:
“Grandad, are those ripples the shadow of the wind?”
His Grandfather was reduced to silence before such an observation and search for truth.
Lord, you breathed the breath of life into my body,
Let my heartstrings be tuned to your Holy Spirit
my song of praise be the shadow of my soul,
and may I learn silence before your Word of Wisdom. Amen
A loving word never annoys. An arrogant word shall yield no fruit. You must pray all day and all night for the Lord to let your children avoid dangers. God is merciful!
Saint Theophan the Recluse
To the Glory of God