Icon of the Mother of God “Of the Three Hands” in My Church

by Ana Atanasković

I was standing in front of the icon of Mother of God “Of the Three Hands” in my church and these words came to me: Some people keep telling me – look at these principles, they are secrets, they are truths, but I have none other than Yours and Your Mother’s secrets and truths and I do not listen to those people anymore.

I have nothing more to hear or see except my own effort to find peace with You. My peace is so fragile, it is because of me, as I am so fragile without You. I am so fragile that while I’m looking at the icon of the Mother of God “Of the Three Hands,” I cope not to be nervous because of the woman next to me with a plastic bag on her head and a magnifying glass in her hand, who is taking something out of her bags and rustles. And that tiny but permanent noise is a challenge to my peace, therefore who am, my personality is so weak… And you keep helping me!

Everything has meaning, the bag, the plastic bag, the rain and that meeting with the woman who used the bag to protect herself from it, everything makes sense when You stand in front of me and I stand in front of you. I hear You telling me to endure everything and be at peace because of everything.


Ana Atanasković is a writer from Serbia. She graduated English language and literature at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, and holds a Master’s degree in advertising in literature. Ana has over ten published books to her credit. As a journalist, she wrote for Serbian edition of ELLE, as well as for many prominent Serbian magazines and websites (currentlym she writes for one print magazine and two digital publications). She has won several awards for best book reviews and stories. Besides, she also works as a content writer.

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