God has worked beautifully in my life. I have learnt that God works in His own ways and that He knows our deepest desires. I have experienced this and truly believe in it. And today I can stand with pride and share how God has spoken to me and how He listens to His people. At the beginning of the conference, Levin questioned each one of us – “What are we here for?” Though we gave silly answers and even laughed over it, still deep down in my heart the same question needed an answer and the eagerness to know “Why?” And Levin’s reply was true – “I am here because God has chosen us and He has called us to be here“. His words struck me and he then urged us to listen to God and pray as to what He wants from us. Continue reading
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”
~ Matthew 5:8
What does it mean to be pure of heart?
It means to be clean, blameless, unstained from guilt. Being pure of heart involves having a singleness of heart toward God. A pure heart has no hypocrisy, no guile, no hidden motives. The pure heart is marked by transparency and an uncompromising desire to please God in all things. It is more than an external purity of behavior; it is an internal purity of soul. Continue reading
The Panaghia or All Holy icon venerated especially in Russia is the icon that best expresses all of this. The Mother of God is standing in an upright position with her arms raised in an attitude of total submission and acceptance.
The Lord with her is depicted as a princely child, visible in the centre of her bosom. Continue reading
- Her soul makes nothing apparent other than the truth of God – Mary’s purpose was to magnify God, to make Him known and His doing evident. (Examine our own souls and see what/ who it is that we magnify)
- To magnify another is to make them more visibly present, to let others see him/her more clearly and at the same time to move out of the way and not cast a shadow over them. We often find ourselves “testifying for God” when in fact we are speaking about what we have done or achieved.