measure the worth…

Ilya Repin’s St Nicholas Saves Three Innocents from Death (19th c.)

Let us measure the worth of our prayers by human measure or by the quality of our relation to other men. How do we behave with other people? Sometimes we express our praises and gratitude coldly, out of a sense of duty or politeness. While at other times we do so with warmth and lovingly. We are similarly unequal with God. But this should not be, we must with our whole heart express our gratitude to Him. He must be loved and trusted with the whole heart.

~St John of Kronstadt

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