"But the very hairs of your head are all numbered." (Mt. 10:30)
Brethren, "the very hairs of your head are all numbered" - even more so are the days of your life! Do not be afraid, therefore, that you will die before your appointed time, or yet hope that you will somehow be able to extend your life for one day beyond the will of Him Who counts and measures. Let this knowledge teach you meekness and fear of God.
"The very hairs of your head are all numbered" - even more so are your sufferings on earth! Do not be afraid, therefore, that you will suffer beyond measure. Fear even less that your sufferings will remain forgotten and unaccounted for by Him Who sees all. This knowledge will teach you patience and confidence toward your Creator and Provider.
"The very hairs of your head are all numbered" - even more so are your friends and enemies on earth! Do not be afraid, therefore, that you will have either too many friends or too many enemies. Neither be afraid that your enemies will overcome you, nor be assured that your friends will defend you. Concern yourself only that you have God for a friend, and do not be afraid of anything. Behold, He Who loves you unalterably is your only friend.
O Good Lord, Wise Provider, Who knows the number, measure and time of all, banish from us every fear - except the fear of Thee - that through fear of Thee, we may arrive at pure and holy love for Thee, our Creator and Benefactor. To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.
The Prologue of Ohrid, Vol. I
22 January, Homily