I am pleased to report that Kimberly the Cucumber, Tom the Tomato plant and Kristian the Capsicum Chili Pepper are flourishing. Kimberly has many flowers and the small cucumbers are beginning to develop, Tom is growing taller and taller every day and producing many cherry tomatoes and Kristian is, at last, turning from green to yellow, which, I am reliably informed, he should! The one thing in common with all these plants is that they have all needed some physical support to grow with bamboo garden canes. The cucumber has tendrils, so she wound herself to the cane without any help, the other two have required a little assistance to be tied with string to their main support.
We humans too need all the help and support to grow in the spiritual life.
Trisagion: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
“But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
The matchstick strikes brief heat and light
The nail stays firm with its great might,
The matchstick though is small and frail
Unlike the large and sturdy nail.
But when we place them side by side
The nail assumes parental pride,
The matchstick from the nail will take
Its strength and so it will not break.
Good God above whose hallowed name
Invests His strength to gird our frame,
Holy God, Holy and strong
Stay close to us our whole life long.
You cannot destroy the passions on your own, but ask God, and He
will destroy them, if this is profitable for you.
St. Anatoly of Optina