Again a reminder, no, a screaming proclamation, about human reaction to oppression, arose while reading some more C. H. Spurgeon.

??????????????????????????????????????????????????“Behold, how independent of outward circumstances the Holy Ghost can make the Christian! What a bright light may shine within us when it is all dark without! How firm, how happy, how calm, how peaceful we may be… Do you expect to suffer long nights of languishing and days of pain? O be not sad! That bed may become a throne to you. You little know how every pang that shoots through your body may be a refining fire to consume your dross – a beam of glory to light up the secret parts of your soul… Christians can be happier than philosophers when all outward causes of rejoicing are withdrawn. In Thee, my God, my heart shall triumph, come what may of ills without! By thy power, O blessed Spirit, my heart shall be exceeding glad, though all things should fail me here below” (“Morning and Evening”, April 8, evening, unedited).

I have written previously about how suffering causes our world to contract around us.

But our perception could expand if we became so totally focussed on Jesus, the Saviour from sin and pain, that all our life force abandoned our condition for the comfort of the Christ Who raises us above every trouble!

“Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage” (Psalm 23:4 God’s Word©).

When I can’t get it, God can’t wait to give it!


This Lent I was led on a pilgrimage. On it I discovered the lifetime of suffering I had lived. The journey was for me, but about Jesus. Now there is learning which I wish to share as Lent continues.

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