Uniting With God
By Archdeacon Habib Guirgus
When a baby wakes up from his sleep and does not find his mother, he cries out because he does not find her beside him, and tries to call her through crying and screaming. His mother then has pity on him when she hears his voice, and runs to him to wipe his tears and makes him rest in her bosom.
Be like this
baby. You will be restless until you have God with you, and He has you with
Him. If you cannot reach Him, cry and scream, so that He may have compassion on
you. He will relent for your situation more than the mother does for her child.
He will come to carry you on His arms of mercy, overshadow you by His grace, and accept you in His affectionate bosom, and feed you with the spiritual heavenly manna, and unite you with Him in everything.
The more you become steadfast in Him, the more you receive the honor of being related to Him. As much as you grow and increase in grace and holiness, the more you become like Him.
The soul, which is linked to God, unites with Him; you will be united in mind, will, and thought, and be with Him in all things.
The soul will not search or think except in Him, and cannot imagine anyone but Him.
It will not want anything other than what He wills. Although it is striving and living in the flesh, but its thoughts are all in heaven. It is standing before the throne of grace, and the throne of the divine mercy.
It walks with satisfaction and happiness on earth, for it knows that it will inherit the glory beyond all imagination, trusts in the inheritance of the Lord, and is assured that the Lord is her inheritance.
He who wishes to unite with God should love Him above all things, "Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me" (Matthew 10:37).
The bird cannot fly high in the sky without wings, and your human nature cannot allow you to ascend unless you are united fully and truly with the divine nature.
The human nature is sinful, impure, profane, and falls short of everything, but if it unites with God, it will be sanctified and can be raised above its ego. It can be holy and not submissive to the malicious targets.
The more it yearns and aims for God, and uses all its strength to seek Him, He inclines to it and gets closer until He unites with it and dwells in it; for He is watching over it, and looks at its desires, being acquainted with what it wants.
Seek Him with all your soul, with all your heart, with all your strength, and you will find Him present before you. You will then remove the curtain that covered your mind, and see God clearly, enjoy His beauty, and will be filled by His sweetness.
He will grant you victory over all your adversaries, and save you from all your enemies.
He will protect you from all evil surrounding you, and be the "all-in-all" for you.
He will become the way, the door, the life, the crown, happiness, shelter, minaret, weapon, wisdom, righteousness, and peace.
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