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Abide in Me

[Acts 27:1–44; John 17:18–26] As thou, Father, art in me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us… I in them, and thou in Me (John 17:21–23). This is the gold­en chain tying us with Divin­i­ty! We have fall­en away — the Medi­a­tor has a?risen, Who is one with God the Fa?ther, and has become one with us. Becom­ing one with Him, we are u?nited in Him, and through Him with God the Father. Glo­ry to Thy bound?less mer­cy toward us, O Three-Hypo­sta­t­ic God, Who was well-pleased to estab­lish for us such a bright path to deifi­ca­tion! The Lord rais­es us up high; do not refuse His good gift. Con­fess His mer­cy and praise His unspeak­able good­ness! You think it hum­ble to refuse such a height, but you are actu­al­ly reveal?ing crude ingrat­i­tude and careless?ness toward a lofty gift. Know, that there is no mid­dle ground: it is ei?ther all or noth­ing. If you do not want this height, you will remain out­side in bit­ter abase­ment, both tem­po­ral­ly and eternally.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse