Our Struggle: Faith and It's End

In this holy city neither sun nor moon nor stars will shine.  'And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign to the ages of ages; (Rev.22:5)  ...Imagine a world, Christ-bearers, where instead of the sun the Most High God Himself shines, warms, gives life, and constantly rejuvenates!  This is your world, toward which you are journeying.  This is your homeland, to which you are returning:  an imperishable homeland, where you will also be imperishable.  This is the fatherland of the sons of the heavenly Father, of all those who have been adopted as sons of God through the Lord Jesus.  And you shall be numbered among them, if you are victorious.

Furthermore, this kingdom is called 'the kingdom of the saints of the Most High'  ...Paradise - this is the name, one of the sweetest names, of that kingdom.  Paradise - your homeland, to which you, tired wayfarers, are returning from distant earth, from the field of thorns.  What is the price for all this blessedness you ask?  ...How does one buy eternity with dust?  With what perishable treasure does one buy what is imperishable?  Yet there is a hidden, imperishable treasure which every heir of that blessedness carries within himself.  He carries it wrapped in perishable fabric.  It is a tiny, flickering flame of love for the Lord God.  This little flame of love does not die out with the death of physical fabric, but lives and glows ...this is the faith of the enlightened and the persevering ...

This is your faith, O Christ-bearers, and the faith of your enlightened and persevering forefathers.  Let it be the faith of your children, from generation to generation, all the way to the blessed end.  This is the salvation-bearing Orthodox Faith, which has never been put to shame.  Truly, this is the faith of the chosen people, of those who bear the image of God within themselves.  On the Day of Judgment, when Christ will judge with justice, they shall be taken into the heavenly kingdom and shall be called blessed.

Bp. Nikolai Velimirovic.  The Faith of the Chosen People.  Meditations on the Creed.