Fr. Thomas Colyandro
You Are Not Alone
No matter what is going on in your life right now, chances are that you have gone through a period of time when you felt like the entire world was against you. You felt as though all of your friends and family had abandoned you. You felt as if your work was meaningless and that one day was no different than the next.
The first thing to remember in these moments is that Jesus himself spent most of His life in anonymity. He worked, He was tired, He even experienced loss. Your life is no different and He understands what you are going through.
The second thing to remember is that Jesus is your friend now and always. Look up to Heaven and talk to Him; hear His counsel. As He says, "I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father" (John 15:15). In other words, He does not intend for you to be in the dark. He has a plan for you and is trying to communicate it to you always. Learn to listen to Him and lean on Him and His plan - not yours.
The third thing to remember is that you are ever surrounded by the Holy Spirit. "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you" (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit walks among us no less than Jesus did with the Apostles. He is with us and lights our path even when we descend into the deepest, darkest forests in our lives.
The fourth thing to remember is that the angels are always near you. "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them" (Psalm 34:7). In other words, if we show the slightest bit of trust in the Lord - which is faith - then His angels will be with us, always.
The fifth thing to remember is that our best friends, the saints, are praying for us and interceding for us all the time. "Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; he was given a great quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar that is before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel" (Rev 8:3-4). These are people who walked the earth like you and I. They understand your trials and tribulations. Despite the harshness of their own lives, they persevered in faith and in love. You can too!
Finally, remember that all bad things come and go. Peace and joy and love and light always come. They always come because the world is ruled by God who is love.
You are not alone!