The Measure of His Mercy

As a grip of sand is

flung into the sea,

so do the sins of all flesh

enter the mind of God.

Just as the strength of a flowing spring

is not hindered by a handful of earth,

so the compassion of the Creator is not daunted

by the wickedness of His creatures.

Know this: whoever bears a grudge when he prays

is like a man who sows grains in the sea

and expects to reap a harvest.

Regardless, just as the fire’s flames

cannot be prevented from reaching upwards,

so the prayers of the compassionate

will not be kept from their ascent.

(St.Issac of Ninevah in Love’s Immensity by Scott Cairns, pg 75)