Love’s Strength

June 4, 2012

“Measure thy life by loss instead of gain;
not by the wine drunk, but by the wine poured forth;
for love’s strength standeth in love’s sacrifice;
and whoso suffers most hath most to give.”

– Ugo Bassi (1800-1849)

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A Christian’s Happiness

June 1, 2012

“Jesus Christ did not die so that you would not suffer. He died so that when you suffer, you would become like him.”

– Dr. Timothy Keller, A Christian’s Happiness, July 6, 1997

Pain Redeemed

October 13, 2011

“Pain redeemed impresses me more than pain removed.”

– Phillip Yancey, What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters, 2010

Jesus of the Scars

July 14, 2011

The other gods were strong, but Thou wast weak;
They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,
And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone.

– Edward Shillito (1872-1948)

Gift

June 7, 2011

“Health is a gift from God, but sickness is a gift greater still.”

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

The Father’s Love

June 7, 2011

“The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.”

– Zephaniah 3:17

Grace

June 3, 2011

“Grace substitutes a full, childlike and delighted acceptance of our Need, a joy in total dependence. We become ‘jolly beggars.'”

– C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves, 1960

Bittersweet

May 30, 2011

“When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord’s choicest wines.”

– Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)

Heaven

April 13, 2011

“That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, ‘No future bliss can make up for it’ not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.”

– C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce, 1946

A Friend Who Cares

February 15, 2011

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in a hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”

– Henri Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey, 1990