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God's Will (Alway is Done)

“St. Paul lifts a song of praise to God, “For from Him, and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever” (OAB Romans 11:36). This  hymn expresses the deep insight that God is the Giver of Life. He is the source of the life of the righteous and of the unrighteous. In this sense, as the sage suggests, even the wicked give Glory to God, their Creator. If it is true that those who do evil give Glory to God, how much more is it true for those who set out to do good. If that insight holds for those who plan what is contrary to God’s will, how much does it hold for those who seek to do what is pleasing to Him?  Therefore, ultimately everything and every event work to fulfill God’s glory.” (Fr. Basil)

“If you wish to find peace of soul, happiness and sure salvation, humble yourself beneath the mighty hand of God and He will raise you up. This means: accept all that happens to you as from the hand of God and not from men, for indeed, nothing which occurs to us can happen without God’s will.” (Abbot Nikon Vorobiev)

“Nothing ever happens either in the world or in the universe without the will of God or His permission. All that is good and noble is God’s will, and all that is negative and bad happens because He allows it. He knows why He allows these things to happen and for how long.” (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica)

“Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” The author assumes that while we make our plans, they only fit into the larger plans of God.” (Pastor Timothy Keller)

“Many, many…many of my best laid plans have been thwarted, and I will admit I did not always handle the disappointment with grace and dignity. In hindsight, however, I can see exactly how those blows to my pride and presumptions were necessary for my spiritual growth, and for my ability to empathize with the struggles of others. As hard and sometimes scary as it is to surrender my longings and expectations to Christ, praying “Thy Will Be Done” with fear and trembling, the letting go brings with it a new realization of how omnipresent God’s compassion is. Viewing whatever befalls me as an opportunity to become ever more long-suffering and merciful allows me to rise-above the fear of failure, interruption or being disdained. Peace is trusting Christ to provide not what I want but what I need, because He loves me.” (Molly Sabourin)

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