Don’t be saddened when you are sick. Think that whatever God gives us is for our benefit. Whatever He allows is for our salvation. Let us be thankful for our sickness.
Do you know what joy and what peace comes from thanking Him for all things and from glorifying Him? Submit everything to God. Haven’t you heard what Saint Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite used to say: “joyfully leave all things to God.”
Let us have our minds constantly on Christ. This is the only way that we can be patient in our sorrow and in whatever trials come to us.
Eldress Theosemni of Chrysopigi
Translated by Dr. Nick Stergiou