One adequate support
For the calamities of mortal life
Exists, one only:—an assured belief
That the procession of our fate, howe’er
Sad or disturbed, is ordered by a Being
Of Infinite benevolence and power;
Whose everlasting purposes embrace
All accidents, converting them to good.
FOR when the grace of God cometh unto a man, then he is made able for all things. And when if goeth away, then is he poor and weak, and as it were left only for the lash and scourge. In this case thou oughtest not to be dejected, nor to despair; but at God’s will to stand steadily, and whatever comes upon thee, to endure it for the glory of Jesus Christ; for after winter followeth summer, after night the day returneth, and after a tempest a great calm.
Thomas À Kempis
THE burthen of suffering seems a tombstone hung around us, while in reality it is only a weight necessary to keep down the diver while he is collecting pearls.
Jean P. F. Richter
OUT of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance, faith.