This is the kind of prayer that the Church calls us Orthodox Christians: “Deliver me, Lord, from an unnecessary death.” "Vain" in Slavonic - sudden. But do we not dream of the opposite: an instant, unexpected death, so that we do not have time and understand anything. Without suffering - and you are no longer ...
And from a spiritual point of view, and this is unanimously told to us by the Holy Fathers, a great blessing for our soul in a completely different way. The death of a person who was not prepared for the transition to eternity, who remained passionate, striving with all his soul that left the body for earthly blessings, which he would never find beyond the coffin, is this a desirable death and future for a Christian? It is an eternal hell of unfulfilled desires.
What is this terrible for us and a great blessing - preparation for death by illness and suffering, as the Fathers of the Church unanimously testify? Months and days, and even years of incurable ills before imminent death, the sufferings that we all so sincerely fear - they,and nothing else removes the Christian from the world and mortally intrusive earthly worries, elevates to the memory of committed sins, to true, salvific repentance, to the perception of frailty of many-sided fuss and at the same time to gratitude for the greatest value of life that a person has lived through the gift of the Lord. Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov)
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