Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who who formed it to establish it, the LORD is His name, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do nor know.” .
Suffering is the highest action of Christian obedience; and I call blessed, not those who have worked, but all who have suffered. Suffering is the greatest work in the discipleship of Jesus.– Hermann Bezzel
God, Grant Me the Glory of “Thy Gift”
God, widen my vision so I may see
the afflictions You have sent to me-
Not a CROSS too heavy to bear
that weighs me down in gloomy despair-
Not as something to hate and despise
but a GIFT of LOVE sent in disguise-
Something to draw me closer to You
to teach me PATIENCE and FORBEARANCE, too-
Something to show me clearly the way
to SERVE You and LOVE You more each day-
Something PRICELESS and PRECIOUS and RARE
that will keep me forever SAFE in Thy care
Aware of the SPRITIUAL STRENGTH that is mine
if my selfish, small will is lost in Thine.
—Helen Steiner Rice
Wholeness is not simply a matter of remaining sane or of growing up until our various “selves” are merged into a unified life; it involves as well facing constant inner conflicts between competing desires, accommodating potent emotions; urges to the restrictions of society, and handling the lure of personal ideals that collide with a dismaying sense of inadequacy. –Harry Emerson Fosdick. On Being a Real Person
“We also approve and praise–with our mouths. We do it loudly, we do it fervently–also judiciously. Judiciously. For we do not enter into particulars. Daily we pour out freshets of disapproval, dispraise, censure, passionate resentments, upon a considerable portion of the work–but not with our mouths. No, it is with our acts that betray us, not our words. Our words are compliments, and the deceive Him. …. But seriously, does anyone really think that? Is it not a daring affront to the Supreme Intelligence to believe such a thing?….
Mark Twain -The Damned Human Race (Letters From Earth)
2 “Thus says the Lord who made the earth,  the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: 3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (ESV)
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