Something happens in the struggle: when your mind says it’s never going to work out, but in your heart, you know what God promised is on the way. Your mind says, “You’re wasting your time; there’s no use believing.” But you just keep on keeping on, doing the right thing, trusting God, thanking Him that’s it’s on the way. That’s sustaining faith. Don’t expect everything to be easy; don’t expect everyone to be for you. If it hasn’t happened yet, that doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. The victory is on the other side of the opposition. It takes staying power, it takes a made-up mind, it takes someone that’s not moved by the circumstances.
Oh Lord God,
You’re my catharsis
in times of crisis
You provide relief
from my agony of grief.
You taught me Patience
when I almost give up in annoyance
You have never forsaken
when my belief was shaken.
You were there in my sadness and delight
felt your presence even more in my plight
With all these, I’m more than beholden
I can definitely go on with my life undeterred by danger and pain.
Mankind’s Greatest Prayer
Silence and solitude are universally recognized spiritual practices, and there are good reasons for this. Learning how to discipline your speech is a way of preventing your energies from spilling out of you through the rupture of your mouth, exhausting you and filling the world with words, words, words instead of serenity, peace and bliss.
– Elizabeth Gilbert –
Perhaps the individual is so viable a god because he can actually understand the ceremonial significance of the way he is treated, and quite on his own can respond dramatically to what is proffered him. In contacts between such deities there is no need for middlemen; each of these gods is able to serve as his own priest.
– Erving Goffman, Interaction Ritual: Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior –
Kindness, not rituals, is mankind’s greatest prayer.
– Debasish Mridha –