Oh, how come that people do not know that sorrows and worries are sent to us for this same purpose, that of coming closer to God!
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Oh, what a beautiful call is this! Can you hear, my dear reader, this call? Jesus is calling you to Him, our Saviour is calling you next to him. Oh, what a relief, how sweet is the peace given by God to those who come next to Him and live a life together with Him! Come closer to God and you will find everything that you need for your spiritual and earthly life.
My brother! I know that your life is being burdened by many sorrows. But they all become easy if you get closer to God. Oh, how come that people do not know that sorrows and worries are sent to us for this same purpose, that of coming closer to God! They are sent in our life so that we may taste the sweetness and peace bestowed by God in times of sorrow.
(Translation from Preot Iosif Trifa, Mai lângă Domnul meu, Editura Oastea Domnului, Sibiu, 2003, p. 10)