I have been thinking about book VI of
The Brothers Karamazov
and how Elder Zossima speaks of praying for everyone.
It is encouraging to remember that we can be of help
to the lonely, the ill, the abandoned,
Some days I wish I could give everyone who is alone
a cup of tea and comfort.
But at least, since I cannot help everyone in this precise manner,
I can pray, as meager as my prayers are.
This is a comforting realization.
I am aware also,
through reading about Elder Zossima,
about how what we do, and what is in our hearts, effects others.
God cares for us, each one
He knows the number of hairs on our head,
He knows our names.
Our small lives can be an encouragement to others.
By struggling for our salvation
by doing the little we can
we can help others to struggle as well.
Madeleine L' Engle speaks, in her book,
A Circle of Quiet,
of the courage of a Magnolia Tree to bloom each year.
We must have courage.