Desert Saying #1

Anthony of Egypt

“When the holy Abba Anthony lived in the desert he was beset by accidie, ( listlessness /depression)and attacked by many sinful thoughts. He said to God, ‘Lord, I want to be saved but these thoughts do not leave me alone; what shall I do in my affliction?  How can I be saved?’ A short while afterwards, when he got up to go out, Anthony saw a man like himself sitting at his work, getting up from his work to pray, then sitting down and plaiting a rope, then getting up again to pray.   It was an angel of the Lord sent to correct and reassure him.  He heard the angel saying to him, ‘Do this and you will be saved.’ At these words, Anthony was filled with joy and courage.  He did this, and he was saved.”

What would life look like for you and me if we truly dedicated ourselves to work and prayer? At first glance it looks a little bit dreary, but further thought it may begin to make a lot of sense.Most of us spend a great deal of time and money trying to figure out how to entertain ourselves. Another great goal is becoming a successful and productive person. If we truly dedicated our lives to work and prayer, I think both of those issues would be resolved. We would find ourselves very successful and productive, and with prayer very much at peace and rested. For a few days , let’s just try this work/prayer pattern and see what happens.

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