Saints are people who are faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ… A faithful Christian life exhibits ongoing and active faith. Faith is tested by the tough stuff in life -- when the chips are down and the heat is turned up. I read about an elderly woman, badly crippled by arthritis, who was asked. "Do you suffer much?" She pointed to her hand and responded, "Yes, but there is no nail here. He had the nails, I have the peace." She then pointed to her head saying, "There are no thorns here. He had the thorns, I have the peace." Finally, she touched her side and declared, "There is no spear here. He had the spear, I have the peace." This faithful woman was a modern-day saint. She understood the incredible gift of grace given to her by God, and she was filled with "God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand" (Philippians 4:7, NLT).
-- Lenya Heitzig and Penny Pierce Rose in Pathway to God's Treasure: Ephesians