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Offline Altar Server

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Losing Faith
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:59:01 AM »
Please keep me in your prayers as I am having a crisis of faith and am feeling very far from God.
All my hope I place in you, O Mother of God, keep me under your protection!

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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2013, 04:10:57 AM »
Lord have mercy.
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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2013, 06:53:29 AM »

Lord, have mercy and strengthen Altar Server.
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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2013, 07:21:11 AM »
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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2013, 08:13:12 AM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2013, 03:29:41 PM »
Lord have mercy on your servant and strengthen him.

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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2013, 06:00:45 PM »
Lord have mercy!

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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2013, 06:47:22 PM »
Lord, have mercy.

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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2013, 07:28:30 PM »
well, my 2 pennies: "faith" is no big deal really. i mean that not from an atheistic standpoint. on the contrary. if you can still muster some power to drag yourself to church every now and then, light a candle etc, then what's the loss?

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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2013, 07:30:15 PM »
Lord have mercy.
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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2013, 09:22:29 PM »
Lord, have mercy.
Psalm 37:23 The Lord guides a man safely in the way he should go.

Prov. 3: 5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2013, 08:54:13 AM »
That would be despondency/despair, I go through it every Pascha time and it sucks. You need to force yourself to go to confession and get it out in the open asap. Say your prayers, take the Holy Mysteries and fight through it. The holy church fathers say this is the worst of the passions and it's what pulls people away the most. It's going to be very hard, you will feel lazy, uninterested and dull during church service, you'll want to willing sin. All in all it's hell, it's a living hell. There is hope, we have a merciful God, if I can get through it anyone can. My prayers go out to you, I know what it's like and it isn't fun, but you need to keep fighting! God help you.

Here is a story I'll share with you that talks about this tool of the devil we call despair

"One day, the Devil laid out his gleaming, razor-edged tools upon a worn and ancient wooden table. He announced a "fire" sale and carefully marked the price upon each tool:

ANGER: $100, RESENTMENT: $400, HATRED: $600, etc.

Each tool sold almost as quickly as it was placed upon the table. Toward the end of the day, a crooked old man in tattered rags approached. The man eyed the tools that remained, but was taken by a certain tool at the end of the table. The tool resembled the two long and bowed fangs of a viper. Its chrome-like pointy tusks caught the sun and sent flashes of blinding light everywhere. With one hand, the old man blocked his eyes from the glare and with the other, he reached for the tool. As he grabbed hold, the tool's steely, needle tips nearly pierced his hand. This seemed to please the old man. He snatched up the tool and held it to his chest. With a glint in his eye, the man asked the Devil, “How much for this one?” “I’m sorry, that tool isn’t for sale,” the Devil replied. Without hesitation, the man said, “But I’ll pay double. I know how valuable it is.”

The Devil narrowed his eyes and hissed, “Sir, I’ve told you, that tool is not for sale, nor will I ever sell it. It is the most useful tool I own and without it, I wouldn't be half as effective in my work. With that tool alone, I can pry open a heart, and once I get in I can do most anything I want. It is badly worn because I use it on almost everyone, since very few people know that it belongs to me. Now good day, sir.” Dejected, the man looked once more at the shiny tool, then slowly placed it on the table. With almost a whisper, he said to the Devil, "If I can't buy it, would you, at least tell me its name?" A slow and wicked grin grew across the Devil's face. "Of course, old man, its name is... Dispair."
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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2013, 09:51:33 AM »
Lord have mercy!
Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything so that he may do it no more.
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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2013, 11:44:25 AM »
it is very common to feel down and having doubt.
speak to people who know you about it (eg. a priest) and also tell God how you feel.
spend some time helping other people, clean an old lady's garden, volunteer in the community and that should help you get better perspective on life.
true faith is built by working on it; work done on your spiritual life lasts in a way that fleeting happy feelings don't.
may God guide u and give u peace, patience and perseverence.

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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2013, 11:59:00 AM »
Lord, have mercy!
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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2013, 11:22:12 PM »
Lord have mercy.
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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2013, 09:30:09 AM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: Losing Faith
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2013, 05:02:22 PM »
Very normal.  Read Psalm 42:
 
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%2042&version=RSV

Lord have mercy.