St Gregory comments that in witnessing the four-faced cherubim, we see types and shadows of the Messiah’s work. The face of a man because the Lord of hosts became man in the Incarnation. The face of an ox because the Messiah was the sacrifice slain on the Cross. The face of a lion as the Lion of Judah conquered death in His Resurrection. The face of an eagle as the King of kings ascended on high to the right hand of God.
God may be all in all, now and forevermore.
I know it’s not even the Nativity yet, but the Incarnation leads me to Pascha. That and I absolutely love this hymn, but esp this version.
I dealt with depression for years. I’ve gotten better, and I’ve relapsed. I hated myself, I hated my life, and I dealt with self-harm and lots of anger. I still deal with fighting self-hate and anger on a regular basis.
I can’t say I know why I dealt with that, or the things I do now, or why you do, because I don’t. All I know is that I have been where you are, and I was there for a long time. I, too, watched others heal and wondered why God apparently didn’t love me enough.
All I know is that God does heal, and that I was healed without the aid of therapy or medication. I don’t think it’s wrong for people to be healed with therapy and medication. I think modern medicine is a wonderful thing. But I also think God is big enough to heal without the aid of these things. He doesn’t always (or usually) do it on our timeline, and you are absolutely correct that He doesn’t guarantee health, or that things won’t be difficult, but he guarantees that He loves us, and He doesn’t love any of us any more or any less.
I hope and pray your world gets brighter soon, and my ask is always open if you ever need anything, okay?
Glory to You, almighty God and King. By Your divine and loving care You have enabled me, a sinner, to rise form sleep and to enter Your holy presence. Accept, Lord, the voice of my prayer as You accept the praises of the holy and spiritual powers. Grant that with a pure heart and a humble spirit I may offer praise to You through my unclean lips. Thus i will become a companion of the wise virgins; and, being clothed with a radiant garment, I will glorify You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Where there is love there is no room for fear
And where there is hope every doubt disappears
And where there is faith mountains are cast away
And where there is love all things are beautiful
I AM NOT THE SAME. I AM A NEW CREATION
I can do back up. I sing on the worship team when I play drums but I’m not that skilled as of yet.