Patriarch Sabbah: 'When in distress, God is with us. He is our refuge'

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Patriarch Sabbah: 'When in distress, God is with us. He is our refuge'

By Patriarch Michel Sabbah

O Lord, save us, for we are perishing." (Matthew 8: 25)

When in distress, God is with us. He is our refuge. He saves us from all hardships, disease, fear, anxiety and poverty, as well as war, occupation and siege. Therefore, when in difficulties, we renew our faith in God.

Where we cannot act, God is almighty and can. His ways to help us, his presence with us are sometimes visible to us and sometimes invisible. Anyway, we keep saying with the Psalmist: “In my distress I called, God heard me and brought me relief. With God on my side I fear nothing; what can human beings do to me?” (Ps 118: 5-6) The invocation of the oppressed is never lost. It remains in the heart of God.

On the other hand, dangers move everything that seemed to have died in us; they awaken in us all the energies of life. Dangers and threats challenge us to know how to use all energies that God placed within us, our determination, our love and our trust in him. With patience, love and trust in God, we are able to resist, be steadfast, survive, and challenge all frustrations. With all that, we keep hope alive.

We have several energies within us. Though much evil entered human life, God has granted us enough goodness to combat evil in all its forms. "I shall not die, I shall live to recount the great deeds of God.” (Psalm 118/117:17) This is the motto of a human being who believes in humanity and in God. "I shall not die; I shall live”.

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:12
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