Despair Not

by Scott D. Hendricks

Are you wounded? Despair not. Have you fallen? Get up and say bravely: now I have begun. Fall down before your merciful Master and confess your sins. But before you say anything He will already know what you intend to say. Before you open your lips, He will see what is in your heart. You will not be able to say, “I have sinned” before you see Him stretch forth His hands to receive and embrace you. Approach with faith and He will cleanse you straightaway as He cleansed the leper, lift you from your bed as He lifted the paralytic, and raise you from the dead as He raised Lazarus.

~ St. Ephraim the Syrian

from 122 in A Spiritual Psalter

 A Spiritual Psalter or Reflections on God excerpted by Bishop Theophan the Recluse from the works of our Holy Father Ephraim the Syrian arranged in the manner of the Psalms of David, translated by Antonina Janda, together with The Life of St. Ephraim, translated by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen (Liberty: The St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1997), 195.