After burying the king of Cimmerians, came three young men to the monarchal palace. Each of them claimed that he was the true crown prince. No one could recognize the true prince. Therefore, they went to Ariopharnes King of Thrace who was known for his wisdom.
The king went with the young men to the late king’s tomb. He gave each of them an arrow. He asked them to point their arrows and hurt the king’s body. The first and the second did as ordered. As for the third young man, his hand trembled and he said in tears, “I can’t hurt my father’s body. Let any of them be the king but I won’t humiliate my father’s body.” Then, the king proclaimed that this was the true crown prince.
Many people bear Your name.
Yet, they hurt You with their arrows.
They crucify You and defame You again.
Grant me not to desire temporal glory
And not to bear my Christ’s name as an outer appearance.
On the contrary, let me enjoy being Your true son,
And honor Your body
In order to be fit for Your eternal glories.
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,
And have tasted the heavenly gift,
And have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,
And have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away,
And put Him to an open shame”
Rachel Scott Searching for Pain
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