Suffering

Don’t be afraid of affliction. A kite rises against the wind.

The real test in golf and in life is not in keeping out of the rough, but in getting out after we are in.

Like airplanes and kites, God designed us to rise against opposing winds. — Ray Cross

When circumstances are trying, try.

Treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters.

Prosperity begets friends; adversity proves them.

Some people don’t put their best foot forward until they get the other one into hot water.

It is a well-known fact of the concentration camps that those who had strong religious and moral convictions managed life much better than the rest. — Philip Yancey

When clouds of trouble put a tear in your eye,

God stands ready to put a rainbow in your heart.

Those who see God’s hand in everything can best leave everything in God’s hand.

Remember, the devil can wall you around, but he can’t roof you in. — Taylor

Suffering never stops at suffering: it comes out either as bitterness or as wisdom, tenderness, refinement and enhanced sympathy. — Ray Cross

Affliction comes to all of us not to impoverish, but to enrich us, as the plow enriches the field; to multiply our joy, as the seed, by planting, is multiplied a thousand fold. — H.W. Beecher

A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.

He who runs from problems, runs to problems. — Ray Cross

When you’re at the bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up. Not so. You can go sideways, wallowing in the trough. — Ray Cross

Where the sun always shines there’s a dessert below. It takes a little rain to make the flower of life grow.

It is usually not so much the greatness of our troubles, but the littleness of our spirit which makes us complain. — Jeremy Taylor

Skillful mariners sail by all winds, and we ought to make progress through all circumstances.

Affliction comes to all not to make us sad, but sober. — H.W. Beecher

Affliction comes to all not to make us despondent, but its darkness to refresh us, as the night refreshes the day. — H.W. Beecher

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. — Edmund Burke

New trials will bring new grace and prove the value of old promises. — Spurgeon

Occasional actions and deeds done under pressure are no evidence of a man’s condition one way or another. — Spurgeon

We never know what strength is till our own weakness drives us to trust omnipotence. — Spurgeon

Getting you into hot water is often God’s way of keeping you clean.

God never wastes a furrow; He plows in your life in order to produce fruit from your life.

In the day of prosperity we have many refuges to resort to; in the day of adversity, only One. — Horatius Bonar

To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own. — Abraham Lincoln

Faith is where you put your trust at the point of crisis.

There is nothing like the high tide of trial to test our spiritual stature.

When God puts a tear in your eye it is because He wants to put a rainbow in your heart.

We do not stumble over mountains, but over molehills.

Great faith is the product of great fights.

Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests.

Great triumphs are the outcome of great trials. — Smith Wigglesworth

It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out. It’s the grain of sand in your shoe.

If you learn to laugh at your troubles, you will surely never run out of something to laugh at.

The door to the room of success always swings on the hinges of opposition. — Bob Jones Sr.

God had one Son on earth without sin, never one without suffering. — Augustine

He who will not pray when the sun shines, will not know how to pray when the clouds come.

Misfortunes one can endure — they come from outside; they are accidents. But to suffer for one’s own faults — ah, there is the sting of life. — Oscar Wilde

This world that we live in is mighty hard to beat;

We get a thorn with every rose — but ain’t the roses sweet? — Frank Stanton

Even those who live on the level may have many ups and downs.

The person who succeeds learns to carve stumbling blocks into stepping stones. — Ray Cross

Obstacles are placed in our way to determine whether we truly wanted something or just thought we did. — Carl Cambridge

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. — CS Lewis

You may suffer without sinning, but you cannot sin without suffering.

A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

Those who have suffered much are like those who know many languages; they have learned to understand and be understood by all. — Anne Swetchine

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change what I can. Wisdom to know the difference. — St. Francis of Assissi

Even though you can’t control your circumstances, you can control your attitude.

We may face situations beyond our reserves, but never beyond God’s resources.

When you put your cares in God’s hands, He puts His peace in your heart.

Why are you cast down, O my soul? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him. (Psalm 42:5)

People are like tea bags — put them in hot water and your find out what their made of.

You do not learn from your mistakes; you learn from your corrections.

Tough times never last, but tough people do. — Robert Schuller

Turn your millstone into a milestone.

There is not necessarily a solution to every problem, however, every problem can be managed positively. — Robert Schuller

Success doesn’t eliminate problems, it creates new ones. — Robert Schuller

Nobody is free from problems. A problem-free life is an illusion — a mirage in the desert. It is a dangerously deceptive perception, which can mislead, blind and distract. — Robert Schuller

You can turn your pain into profanity — or into poetry. — Robert Schuller

Never let a problem become an excuse. — Robert Schuller

Your reaction to the problem is the last word! That’s the bottom line. What will you let this problem do to you? — Robert Schuller

If you don’t have a problem to solve, you have a decision to make.

There is something wrong with every good idea. — Robert Schuller

When faced with a mountain, I will not quit! I will keep on striving until I climb over, find a pass through, tunnel underneath — or simply stay and turn the mountain into a gold mine, with God’s help! — Robert Schuller

A super successful person has very few resources, except the capacity to take an idea and marshal stronger and smarter people around him to pull it off. — Robert Schuller

When a person begins to grow, the obstacles get bigger and better. But there’s excitement and progress in struggle — and life gets easier only when you’re coasting downhill. — Charles T. Jones

Capitalize on your heartaches and misery or you’ll miss the best in life. Make the things that go wrong a part of your plan, and you will be far ahead of where you were when you were waiting for something to happen your way. — Charles T. Jones

Every adventure creates its own particular and peculiar set of difficulties. You can protect yourself from problems by living a cautious life, but you may die of boredom. — Robert Schuller

The size of the problems will be in direct proportion to the size of the dream. — Robert Schuller

Don’t let your problems upset you — let them point you to something bigger and better. — Robert Schuller

Every adversity hides a possibility. — Robert Schuller

What you do with your problem is more important than what your problem does to you. — Robert Schuller

Profit from your problems, capitalize on your crises, and draw dividends from your difficulties. — Robert Schuller

When life hands you problems, put your problems in Gods hands.

When problems get you down, look up.

The Bible will tell you what is wrong before you have done it. — D.L. Moody

A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them. The simpleton never looks and suffers the consequences. (Proverbs 27:12 LB)

A good man may be bothered by trouble seven times, but he does not give up. (Proverbs 24:16 NCV)

A greedy person causes trouble. (Proverbs 28:25 NCV)

Adversity tests our stability; prosperity our integrity.

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. — William Ward

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning — James Lowell

To test the strength of its anchor a ship must undergo the stress of the storm.

Events are less important than our responses to them. — John Hersey

If your trouble is of long standing, try kneeling.

Self-pity is the one attention-getter that soon wears out the other person’s attention. — Charles Swindoll

Shared joy is a double joy. Shared sorrow is half a sorrow. — Swedish motto

Don’t bear trouble, use it. — E. Stanley Jones

If life kicks me, and it is bound to kick me, then I shall determine the direction — I shall make it kick me forward! — E.S. Jones

All great discoveries are a reduction from complexity to simplicity.

Don’t just bear opposition and difficulties — use them. — Ray Cross

Make things make you even when they are intended to destroy you. — Ray Cross

In this world, we either discipline ourselves, or we are disciplined by the world. I prefer to discipline myself. — Dick Campbell

If you lose, learn. — David J. Schwartz

A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience. — David J. Schwartz

Many people become so accustomed to themselves that they fail to see ways for improvement. — David J. Schwartz

Salvage something from every setback. — David J. Schwartz

Great pressure does not change a person, it only brings out what he is.

Be patient when trouble comes. (Romans 12:12 NCV)

Don’t fix the blame, fix the problem.

By self-pity you create your own personal hell on earth. — Ray Cross

Make every obstacle an opportunity. — Ray Cross

There is no crown without thorns.

Drastic situations demand divine solutions.

Keep your face toward the Son and the shadows will fall behind.

Troublesome people are in trouble.

Discover advantages to your disadvantages. — Charles Swindoll

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me. ( Psalm 23:4)

A greedy person brings trouble to his family. (Proverbs 15:27 NCV)

In this world, we either discipline ourselves, or we are disciplined by the world. I prefer to discipline myself. — Dick Campbell

If you lose, learn. — David J. Schwartz

A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience. — David J. Schwartz

Many people become so accustomed to themselves that they fail to see ways for improvement. — David J. Schwartz

Salvage something from every setback. — David J. Schwartz

Adversity tests our stability, prosperity and integrity.

Drastic situations demand divine solutions.

Treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters.

…our suffering, far from giving us a licence for self-pity, gives us an excellent opportunity. — Joni Eareckson, A Step Further

Strange as it may seem, it appears God often not only allows, but actually insures that His children undergo and endure long periods of real difficulty. (Phil. 1:29) Not only that, but He seems to be hurting His own cause by letting this take place within plain view of unbelievers who scoff at Christianity….Such suffering demonstrates God’s ability to maintain the loyalty of His people even when they face difficult trials….If being a Christian brought us nothing but ease and comfort, the world wouldn’t learn anything very impressive about our God. “Big deal'” men would say. “Anybody can get a following by waiting on people hand and foot….When we show faith in the contradiction it “Shows …our God is worth serving even when the going gets tough.” Joni Eareckson, A Step Further

When God puts a tear in your eye it is because he wants to put a rainbow in your heart.

God’s jewels are gathered in grace, polished by pain, and destined for his diadem.

It’s a kind of a scale…Every person alive fits somewhere onto a scale of suffering that ranges from little to much…the problem is we usually like to compare ourselves with those who suffer less. That way we can pity ourselves and pretend we’re at the top of the scale….one of God’s purposes in increasing our trials is to sensitize us to people we never would have been able to relate to otherwise….To reach and comfort someone, it sometimes takes a person with a similar problem….We as Christians can usually best reach people who have suffered less than or the same as we, not those who have suffered more….God placed each of us exactly where He pleases on the scale of suffering. But remember, He reserves the right to move us up or down the scale any time he chooses in order to open up new avenues of ministry. — Joni Eareckson, A Step Further

Stumbling blocks may be carved into stepping stones.

Obstacles are placed in our way to determine whether we truly wanted something or just thought we did. — Carl A. Cambridge

Life is so sticky I’m not sure I can wash it off.

The real test in golf and in life is not in keeping out of the rough, but in getting out after we are in.

Like airplanes and kites, God designed us to rise against opposing winds. — Ray Cross

When circumstances are trying, try.

Prosperity begets friends; adversity proves them.

Some people don’t put their best foot forward until they get the other one into hot water.

It is a well-known fact of the concentration camps that those who had strong religious and moral convictions managed life much better than the rest. — Philip Yancey

When clouds of trouble put a tear in your eye, God stands ready to put a rainbow in your heart.

Those who see God’s hand in everything can best leave everything in God’s hand.

Remember, the devil can wall you around, but he can’t roof you in. — Taylor

Don’t be afraid of affliction; a kite rises against the wind.

Suffering never stops at suffering: it comes out either as bitterness or as wisdom, tenderness, refinement and enhanced sympathy. — Ray Cross

Affliction comes to all of us not to impoverish, but to enrich us, as the plow enriches the field; to multiply our joy, as the seed, by planting, is multiplied a thousand fold. — H.W. Beecher

A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.

He who runs from problems, runs to problems. — Ray Cross

When you’re at the bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up. Not so. You can go sideways, wallowing in the trough. — Ray Cross

Where the sun always shines there’s a desert below. It takes a little rain to make the flower of life grow.

It is usually not so much the greatness of our troubles, but the littleness of our spirit which makes us complain. — Jeremy Taylor

Skillful mariners sail by all winds, and we ought to make progress through all circumstances.

Affliction comes to all not to make us sad, but sober. — H.W. Beecher

Affliction comes to all not to make us despondent, but its darkness to refresh us, as the night refreshes the day. — H.W. Beecher

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. — Edmund Burke

New trials will bring new grace and prove the value of old promises. — Spurgeon

Occasional actions and deeds done under pressure are no evidence of a man’s condition one way or another. — Spurgeon

We never know what strength is till our own weakness drives us to trust omnipotence. — Spurgeon

Getting you into hot water is often God’s way of keeping you clean.

God never wastes a furrow; He plows in your life in order to produce fruit from your life.

In the day of prosperity we have many refuges to resort to; in the day of adversity, only One. — Horatius Bonar

To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own. — Abraham Lincoln

Faith is where you put your trust at the point of crisis.

There is nothing like the high tide of trial to test our spiritual stature.

We do not stumble over mountains, but over molehills.

Great faith is the product of great fights.

Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests.

Great triumphs are the outcome of great trials. — Smith Wigglesworth

It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out. It’s the grain of sand in your shoe.

If you learn to laugh at your troubles, you will surely never run out of something to laugh at.

The door to the room of success always swings on the hinges of opposition. — Bob Jones Sr.

God had one Son on earth without sin, never one without suffering. — Augustine

He who will not pray when the sun shines, will not know how to pray when the clouds come.

Misfortunes one can endure — they come from outside; they are accidents. But to suffer for one’s own faults — ah, there is the sting of life. — Oscar Wilde

This world that we live in is mighty hard to beat;

We get a thorn with every rose — but ain’t the roses sweet? — Frank Stanton

Even those who live on the level may have many ups and downs.

The person who succeeds learns to carve stumbling blocks into stepping stones. — Ray Cross

Obstacles are placed in our way to determine whether we truly wanted something or just thought we did. — Carl Cambridge

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. — C.S. Lewis

You may suffer without sinning, but you cannot sin without suffering.

A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

Those who have suffered much are like those who know many languages; they have learned to understand and be understood by all. — Anne Swetchine

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change what I can. Wisdom to know the difference. — St. Francis of Assissi

Even though you can’t control your circumstances, you can control your attitude.

We may face situations beyond our reserves, but never beyond God’s resources.

When you put your cares in God’s hands, He puts His peace in your heart.

Why are you cast down, O my soul? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him. (Psalm 42:5)

People are like tea bags — put them in hot water and your find out what they’re made of.

You do not learn from your mistakes; you learn from your corrections.

Tough times never last, but tough people do. — Robert Schuller

Turn your millstone into a milestone.

There is not necessarily a solution to every problem, however, every problem can be managed positively. — Robert Schuller

Success doesn’t eliminate problems, it creates new ones. — Robert Schuller

Nobody is free from problems. A problem-free life is an illusion — a mirage in the desert. It is a dangerously deceptive perception, which can mislead, blind and distract. — Robert Schuller

You can turn your pain into profanity — or into poetry. — Robert Schuller

Never let a problem become an excuse. — Robert Schuller

Your reaction to the problem is the last word! That’s the bottom line. What will you let this problem do to you? — Robert Schuller

If you don’t have a problem to solve, you have a decision to make.

There is something wrong with every good idea. — Robert Schuller

When faced with a mountain, I will not quit! I will keep on striving until I climb over, find a pass through, tunnel underneath — or simply stay and turn the mountain into a gold mine, with God’s help! — Robert Schuller

A super successful person has very few resources, except the capacity to take an idea and marshal stronger and smarter people around him to pull it off. — Robert Schuller

When a person begins to grow, the obstacles get bigger and better. But there’s excitement and progress in struggle — and life gets easier only when you’re coasting downhill. — Charles T. Jones

Capitalize on your heartaches and misery or you’ll miss the best in life. Make the things that go wrong a part of your plan, and you will be far ahead of where you were when you were waiting for something to happen your way. — Charles T. Jones

Every adventure creates its own particular and peculiar set of difficulties. You can protect yourself from problems by living a cautious life, but you may die of boredom. — Robert Schuller

The size of the problems will be in direct proportion to the size of the dream. — Robert Schuller

Don’t let your problems upset you — let them point you to something bigger and better. — Robert Schuller

Every adversity hides a possibility. — Robert Schuller

What you do with your problem is more important than what your problem does to you. — Robert Schuller

Profit from your problems, capitalize on your crises, and draw dividends from your difficulties. — Robert Schuller

When life hands you problems, put your problems in God’s hands.

When problems get you down, look up.

The Bible will tell you what is wrong before you have done it. — D.L. Moody

A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them. The simpleton never looks and suffers the consequences. (Proverbs 27:12 LB)

A good man may be bothered by trouble seven times, but he does not give up. (Proverbs 24:16 NCV)

A greedy person causes trouble. (Proverbs 28:25 NCV)

Adversity tests our stability; prosperity our integrity.

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. — William Ward

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning — James Lowell

To test the strength of its anchor a ship must undergo the stress of the storm.

Events are less important than our responses to them. — John Hersey

If your trouble is of long standing, try kneeling.

Self-pity is the one attention-getter that soon wears out the other person’s attention. — Charles Swindoll

Shared joy is a double joy. Shared sorrow is half a sorrow. — Swedish motto

Don’t bear trouble, use it. — E. Stanley Jones

If life kicks me, and it is bound to kick me, then I shall determine the direction — I shall make it kick me forward! — E. Stanley Jones

All great discoveries are a reduction from complexity to simplicity.

Don’t just bear opposition and difficulties — use them. — Ray Cross

Make things make you even when they are intended to destroy you. — Ray Cross

In this world, we either discipline ourselves, or we are disciplined by the world. I prefer to discipline myself. — Dick Campbell

If you lose, learn. — David J. Schwartz

A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience. — David J. Schwartz

Many people become so accustomed to themselves that they fail to see ways for improvement. — David J. Schwartz

Salvage something from every setback. — David J. Schwartz

Great pressure does not change a person, it only brings out what he is.

Be patient when trouble comes. (Romans 12:12 NCV)

Don’t fix the blame, fix the problem.

By self-pity you create your own personal hell on earth. — Ray Cross

Make every obstacle an opportunity. — Ray Cross

There is no crown without thorns.

Drastic situations demand divine solutions.

Keep your face toward the Son and the shadows will fall behind.

Troublesome people are in trouble.

Discover advantages to your disadvantages. — Charles Swindoll

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me. ( Psalm 23:4)

A greedy person brings trouble to his family. (Proverbs 15:27 NCV)

Many people become so accustomed to themselves that they fail to see ways for improvement. — David J. Schwartz

Salvage something from every setback. — David J. Schwartz

A greedy person brings trouble to his family. (Proverbs 15:27 NCV)

A recent study indicated where North American teens turn to in their troubles: #1. music, #2. peers, #3. television,…#31. mom,…#48. dad

He who runs from problems runs to problems. — Ray Cross

 

The only way to see a rainbow is to look through the rain.

A wise man lays a firm foundation with the bricks that life throws at him.

GOD’S KIND CARE
God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways,
All our lives thro’;
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain.

God hath not promised
We shall not know
Toil and temptation,
Trouble and woe
He hath not told us
We shall not bear
Many a burden,
Many a care.

God hath not promised
Smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel,
Needing no guide;
Never a mountain,
Rocky and steep
Never a river
Turbid and deep:

But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labour
Light for the way,
Grace for the trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy,
Undying love.
–Annie Johnson Flint

Don’t think of him as gone away;
His journey’s just begun.
Life holds so many facets;
This earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
From the sorrow and the tears,
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days or years.

Think how he must be wishing
That we could know today,
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away

Think of him as living
In the hearts of those he touched,
For nothing loved is ever lost
And he was loved so much.

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I GO TO LIFE
I go to life and not to death;
From darkness to light’s native sky;
I go from sickness and from pain
To health and immortality.
Let our farewell then be tearless,
Since I bid farewell to tears;
Write this day of my departure
Festive in your coming years.

I go from poverty to wealth,
From rags to raiment angel-fair,
From the pale leanness of this flesh
To beauty such as saints shall wear.
Let our farewell then be tearless,
Since I bid farewell to tears;
Write this day of my departure
Festive in your coming years.

I go from chains to liberty,
These fetters will be broken soon;
Forth over Eden’s fragrant fields
I walk beneath a glorious noon.
Let our farewell then be tearless,
Since I bid farewell to tears;
Write this day of my departure
Festive in your coming years.

For toil there comes the crowned rest,
Instead of burdens, eagle’s wings;
And I, even I, this life-long thirst
Shall quench at everlasting springs.
Let our farewell then be tearless,
Since I bid farewell to tears;
Write this day of my departure
Festive in your coming years.

God lives! who says that I must die?
I cannot while Jehovah liveth!
Christ lives! I cannot die, but live;
He life to me for ever giveth.
Let our farewell then be tearless,
Since I bid farewell to tears;
Write the day of my departure
Festive in your coming years.

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It is better to learn early of the inevitable depths, for then sorrow and death take their proper place in life, and one is not afraid.
— Pearl S Buck, prolific American writer (1892 – 1973)

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In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all. Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You cannot now realize that you will ever feel better. And yet this is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you less miserable now. I have experienced enough to know what I say.
— Abraham Lincoln, American President (1809 – 1865)

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UP-HILL
Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
From morn to night, my friend.

But is there for the night a resting place?
A roof for when the slow dark hours bgin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn,

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
Those who have gone before,
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you standing at that door.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labour you shall find the sum.
Will There be beds for me and all who seek?
Yes, beds for all who come.
–Christina Rossetti

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LIGHT SHINING OUT OF DARKNESS
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs
And works his sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain:
God is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.
–William Cowper

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Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Psalm 116:15, NIV
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Can this be death–
To be released from fear and sorrow,
From sickness, weariness and pain?
To be removed from sin’s enslavement,
From Satan’s influence and domain?

Can this be death–
To be presented in his presence,
The One who loves me evermore?
To be accepted in the fullness
Of Christ whom I adore?

Can this be death–
To know complete fulfillment
As I look upon his face?
To feast upon the glories
And the riches of his grace?

No, this is life–
With all that it can offer,
It is joy that overflows!
It is peace that knows no measure,
It is vict’ry o’er my foes!
-Martin Wedge

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Precious, oh, how precious is that blessed sleep,
Folded in his bosom, wrapped in slumber deep;
None but Jesus giveth rest so true and sweet
For the weary body and the wayworn feet.

Precious, oh, how precious, he alone can know
What a blessed respite after human woe;
Only he can measure their eternal gain,
When they leave forever earthly care and pain.

Precious, oh, how precious, to behold his face,
Ever to be with him and to praise his grace;
Ah, when Jesus giveth his beloved sleep,
‘Tis the tenderest token of his love so deep.
-Author Unknown

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THERE WILL BE SONG AGAIN
Be still, my soul! The dawn will break;
Through darkest night a light will shine;
There will be song again to wake
New beauty on the trodden vine.

Why mourn, my soul! Look forth and see
White lilies lifting from the sod;
Before a tomb, incredibly
They seal the promises of God.

Be strong, my soul! Rejoice and sing,
If from your earthly pain and loss
Christ gives you grace to rise and cling
More closely to his cross.
–A. RobinsonEach gentle breeze, each sunset glow

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Each little raindrop here below,
Is but a part of God’s great plan
And purpose of the life of man.

And sometime when great grief or care
Is almost more than I can bear
It seems so natural for me
To wonder why it had to be.

But deep within my heart I feel
That in all things, time will reveal
The wisdom of his guiding hand;
And sometime I shall understand.

And then it gives me strength anew,
To look up there beyond the blue,
And know that someday, we will share
That home together, over there.
—  Dorothy Mae

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When God Saw You Getting Tired
When God saw you getting tired

And a cure was not to be
He put his arms around you
And whispered come to me
He didn’t like what you went through
And he gave you rest
His garden must be beautiful
He only takes the best
And when we saw you sleeping
So peaceful and free from pain
We wouldn’t wish you back
To suffer that again
Today we say goodbye
And as you take your final rest
That garden must be beautiful
Because you are one of the best.
— Anonymous

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THE DYING CHRISTIAN
Happy soul, thy days are ending,

All thy mourning days below;
Go,—the angel guards attending,—
To  the sight of Jesus go.
Waiting to receive they spirit,
Lo! The Saviour stands above;
Shews the purchase of his merit.
reaches out his arms of love.

Struggle through thy latest passion,
To thy great Redeemer’s breast;
To his uttermost salvation,
To his everlasting rest.
For the joy he sets before thee,
Bear a momentary pain;
Die, to live a life of glory;
Suffer, with thy Lord to reign.

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In every man’s life pilgrimage, however unblest, there are holy places where he is made to feel his kinship with the Divine; where the heavens bend low over his head and angels come and minister unto him. These are the places of sacrifice, the meeting ground of mortal and immortal, the tents of trial wherein are waged the great spiritual combats of man’s life. Here are the tears and agonies and the bloody sweat ofGethsemane. Happy the man, who looking back can say of himself: “Here, too, was victory!”   — Michael Monahan

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I Thank Thee God, That I Have Lived
I thank thee God, that I have lived

In this great world and known its many joys:
The songs of birds, the strongest sweet scent of hay,
And cooling breezes in the secret dusk;
The flaming sunsets at the close of day,
Hills and the lovely, heather-covered moors;
Music at night, and the moonlight on the sea,
The beat of waves upon the rocky shore
And wild white spray, flung high in ecstasy;
The faithful eyes of dogs, and treasured books,
The love of Kin and fellowship of friends
And all that makes life dear and beautiful.

I thank Thee too, that there has come to me
A little sorrow and sometimes defeat,
A little heartache and the loneliness
That comes with parting and the words ‘Good-bye’;
Dawn breaking after weary hours of pain,
When I discovered that night’s gloom must yield
And morning light break through to me again.
Because of these and other blessings poured
Unasked upon my wondering head,
Because I know that there is yet to come
An even richer and more glorious life,
And most of all, because Thine only Son
Once sacrificed life’s loveliness for me,
I thank Thee, God, that I have lived
—  Elizabeth Craven, writer and socialite (1750 – 1828)

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Life
Life, believe, is not a dream

So dark as sages say;
Oft a little morning rain
Foretells a pleasant day.
Sometimes there are clouds of gloom,
But these are transient all;
If the shower will make the roses bloom,
O why lament its fall?

Rapidly, merrily
Life’s sunny hours flit by,
Gratefully, cheerily,
Enjoy them as they fly!

What though Death at times steps in
And calls our best away?
What though sorrow seems to win,
O’er hope, a heavy sway?
Yet hope again elastic springs,
Unconquered, though she fell;
Still buoyant are her golden wings,
Still strong to bear us well.
Manfully, fearlessly,
The day of trial bear,
For gloriously, victoriously,
Can courage quell fear!

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For each thorn, there’s a rosebud…
For each twilight–a dawn…
For each trial–the strength to carry on.
For each stormcloud–a rainbow…
For each shadow–the sun…
For each parting–sweet memories
When sorrow is done.
— Charlotte Bronte, novelist, eldest of three Bronte sisters (1816 – 1855)

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The Thread and the Cable
Though waves and billows o’er me pass

In whelming floods of ill,
Within the haven of God’s love
My soul is anchored still;
For though the stress and strain of life
My thread of faith may break,
The cable of His faithfulness
No storm can ever shake.
— Anne Johnson Flint

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SAFELY HOME
I am Home in Heaven, dear ones;

Oh so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief are over:
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace for ever,
Safely Home in Heaven at last!

Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Ah, but Jesus’ love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.

And He came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus’ arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt to dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still:
Try to look beyond earth’s shadows
Pray to trust our Father’s will.

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do I now, while life remaineth,
You shall rest in Jesus’ land.

When that work is all completed
He will gently call you Home:
Oh the rapture of that meeting!
Oh the joy to see you come!
–Anonymous