Friday, March 21, 2014

GRACE IN SUFFERING

"…we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." (Romans 5:3b-5 NIV)

Ultimately there is tremendous grace in suffering -- not because of the pain of the suffering itself but because suffering allows us to reorient ourselves in ways that we simply could never have done had life proceeded in an untroubled manner.  Suffering gives us the occasion to listen as we never have listened before -- both to new words and to new sources of wisdom -- and to turn listening into seeing.

-- William Long & Glandion Carney in A Hard-Fought Hope


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1 comment:

  1. This is absolutely right! I have learned a new way of listening. Listening becomes easier and hearing God is so comforting.

    -- N. Smithson

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