The Mercy of Suffering

Graying blue clouds blow across the sky and I inhale a steamy breath of rain, thunder and flickering light. And all I do is stand, grinning to God with rain splatting pearly wet on arms and lifted face. Grace like rain…and isn’t it the grace of God that rains on our parade to bring us in under the Tree of Life?

It has been said Christ’s suffering was for propitiation and our sufferings with Him the propagation. This suffering is deeply painful, and in this deep sorrow we feel how infinitely more must be this weight of Glory in the Father! We squirm with the package of suffering, but to receive it gratefully we gasp supreme Joy! And God’s faithfulness proves richest for us in the fire of suffering.


The Mercy of Suffering

Praise to the Savior

Jesus I am resting, resting                                                                                                                    In the joy of what Thou art;                                                                                                                I am finding out the greatness                                                                                                                                   Of Thy loving heart.                                                                                                              

                                        Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee,                                                                                                                  And Thy beauty fills my soul,                                                                                                                  For by Thy transforming power,                                                                                                                     Thou hast made me whole.        

(Jean Sophia Pigott)

Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever!                                                                                                    (Ps. 73:25-26)

Praise to the Savior

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No chance victims of time and circumstance, our lives are detailed by Sovereign God. I can rest assured His care is meticulous and love reminds each day.

He gives eternal life, His life!

He offers living water.

He invites us to rest.

And He gives us Himself.

God gives. And He gives generously! There are no half-hearted moments with God. He is not a begrudging miser unless you, like the foolish man, take no care in investing for God.

God gives so we can continually empty. We empty our cups to fill our brother’s and we have no fear of waste; God delights in us spilling over!

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