One of the things that hit me most in Jonah’s commission is that no one is without sin. The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, … Continue reading There is none who does good, No, not one
The book is finally out! I am so happy to announce that the book is finally out. I’ve been working on it for a while now, and at last the book has seen light! What is in this ebook? (1) Meditations about Jonah: His personality, His actions, and His prayer. (2) What early Church fathers’ have to say about him. (3) Simple illustrations. How is … Continue reading Book Release – Jonah: The Inside Story
I am about to finish a new book about Jonah the prophet. It should be released on the 1st of February, just before the fast of Jonah, which is a fast observed by most Orthodox churches. The good news is you can pre-order it now! Some questions you might think of: Why would you write a book? Just write in your blog! Well, I have … Continue reading Preorder the new ebook, “Jonah: The Inside Story”
Today is the second day of the fast of Jonah for the Coptic Orthodox Church, so I couldn’t but share about Jonah, again.
What triggered me to write another post was this simple verse:
And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. (Jonah 2:10)
Jonah is a unique person, I posted about him twice; here and here. When I wrote about him earlier, I mainly focused on his anger, and how he wanted to end his life. This time I want to focus more on one verse of his beautiful prayer in the whale’s belly.
When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. (Jonah 2:7)
After posting part 1, I felt I was not fit for posting Part 2; I was suffering from what Jonah suffered from, and I hadn’t yet come out of it!
How could I have offered a solution to a problem that I couldn’t find a solution for?!
Thank God I’m out of it now .. and I think the two main things that God led me to do were:
It was the feeling of pressure and anger to the extent that I couldn’t stand my life anymore!
I understood why people reach the point that they want to commit suicide!
I used to tell myself that the people who want to end their lives are fools, sinners, and are doomed for eternity! … I still do, but I realized what makes them reach that point!
It’s all about the feeling of imprisonment in surrounding events!
It’s when one is given a responsibility that he/she doesn’t want and there’s no out of it!
It’s the feeling of not being able to refuse the current situation!
It’s the feeling when the “only door” one can see out of his/her present life, would slam shut in one’s face!