God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to your honor and glory.
Over and over, when I ask God why all of these injustices are allowed to exist in the world, I can feel the Spirit whisper to me, “You tell me why we allow this to happen. You are my body, my hands, my feet.”
No man, without trials and temptations, can attain a true understanding of the Holy Scriptures.
For a long while I was a mistress of the art of praying for God to change difficult circumstances. It took years before I learned how to pray for God to change me in the midst of the difficult circumstances.
Karen Burton Mains
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
Tears are part of existence on this earth. They have flowed from Eden right down through history to the present day.
There are such things as consecrated griefs, sorrows that may be common to everyone but which take on a special character when accepted intelligently and offered to God in loving submission.
A. W. Tozer
In the prison house I sung praises to my God, and esteemed the bolts and locks put upon me as jewels.
O God, my God, the night has values that the day never dreamed of.
Often, in the midst of great problems, we stop short of the real blessing God has for us, which is a fresh vision of who He is.
Anne Graham Lotz
The capacity for grief is as much from God as the capacity for love- and we have not really lived until we have sounded them both.
Mankind wants glory. We want health. We want wealth. We want happiness. We want all our felt needs met, all our little human itches scratched. We want a painless life. We want the crown without the cross. We want the gain without the pain. We want the words of Christ’s salvation to be easy.
We need to remind each other that the cup of sorrow is also the cup of joy, that precisely what causes us sadness can become the fertile ground for gladness.
He brought my life passion from my life pain.
It is a remarkable thing that some of the most optimistic and enthusiastic people you will meet are those who have been through intense suffering.
There is a wealth of unexpressed love in the world. It is one of the chief causes of sorrow evoked by death: what might have been said or might have been done that never can be said or done.
For Jesus, prayer was a vital element in making God’s power available to people in need.
A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord. Thank God in the midst of trials and every persecution.
Great grief makes sacred those upon whom it is laid. Joy may elevate, ambition glorify, but only sorrow can consecrate.
There are wounds of the spirit which never close and are intended in God’s mercy to bring us nearer to Him, and to prevent us leaving Him by their very perpetuity. Such wounds then may almost be taken as a pledge, or at least as a ground for a humble trust, that God will give us the great gift of perseverance to the end. This is how I comfort myself in my own great bereavements.
John Henry Newman
A wise man once said, “Whatever came to me, I looked on as God’s gift for some special purpose. If it was a difficulty, I knew He gave it to me to struggle with, to strengthen my mind and my faith.” That idea has sweetened and helped me all of my life.
God Almighty would in no way permit evil in His works were He not so omnipotent and good that even out of evil He could work good.
If suffering went out of life, courage, tenderness, pity, faith, patience and
love in its divinity would go out of life too.
To follow Jesus doesn’t remove us from the stuff of life. It is not resolution. It is tension and journey.
The sermon of your life in tough times ministers to people more powerfully than the most eloquent speaker.
Life provides losses and heartbreak. But the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning. I am determined not to miss that meaning.
Take those road hazards- the potholes, ruts, detours, and all the rest- as evidence that you were on the right route. It’s when you find yourself on that big, broad, easy road that you ought to worry.
Joni Eareckson Tada
Worship God in the difficult circumstances, and when He chooses, He will alter them in two seconds.
A tried Christian grows rich by his losses, he rises by his falls, he lives by dying, and he becomes full by being emptied.
C. H. Spurgeon
The dark moments of our life will last only as long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us.