Elder Efraim of Arizona. When you are in pain



  When you are in pain, gather the powers of your soul and try to understand what
heaven is trying to tell you in this trial of yours. If perhaps you cry from the pain, the
tears will cleanse your vision, as it did to Job the much-suffering, and then you, too,
will be able to say along with him, “now mine eye hath seen Thee.” 1
  Don’t forget that God sees you and watches you when you are in pain; He
perceives even the beating of your heart. Consequently, He will not leave you without
consolation and His fatherly protection. Naturally, the saints rejoiced in their
afflictions; as for us, let us at least manage to accept affliction or pain patiently.
  My child, pray within your heart, and the name of Jesus will become for you a
comforting balm so that you can bear this trial of yours in a way which benefits you.
You will greatly benefit from this trial if you submit yourself to it patiently. So again I
say to you, with the almighty armor of prayer continually approach the omnipotent
Lord more often, and you will come to know how He wondrously lifts the burden of
pain and marvelously gives rest to sufferers.
1 Job 42:5


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Selected from the letters and homilies of Elder Efraim of Arizona

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Elder Efraim of Arizona. When you are in pain