Accepting God’s will, even in the face of imminent death

Let us not lose sight of our eternal destination

April 21, 2021

st elisabeth convent sermon

We claim to have trust in God. We believe that God will do it right for us, but we are under pressure to speak and act immediately. How could we get ourselves to hear His voice and let it enter our hardened soul? How can we get ourselves to believe that He can make Himself heard and direct His love through us? We should direct our effort towards helping others to accept the will of God freely, unreservedly and wholeheartedly, so they would look back at their lives and say to themselves in confidence, That is God's will. It is my cross, and I must bear it. To offer someone superficial comfort or inspire futile hopes would be irresponsible. We must face reality, and it may be different from our wishes. It is cruel to say to someone who is terminally ill and has no chances of recovery, "You are going to get well." Instead, to talk to the person about their eternal destination is to express deep and genuine love, not a shallow or superficial one.

All the things that happen to us a providential, including the sick in our midst and our illnesses. When we come to God, we find the way to everlasting life. For the Lord says, "I am the way..." (John 14: 6). By humbling ourselves and recognising the will of God in all our life events, we put ourselves back on track. When we resist, argue, bicker, escape or hide away from God, we subject ourselves to needless torments that embitter our hearts and deprive us of the possibility to meet God and enter his Divine Kingdom of everlasting love.

Archpriest Andrey Lemeshonok

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