Trials & Encouragment, Part I

I just reread this encouraging passage quoted in Jan Karon’s Light From Heaven and couldn’t resist sharing it. If I’d run across it during the past several months perhaps I wouldn’t have had such a long hiatus in posting<g>, as health issues have been weighing me down and I’ve had to stick to the essentials of Getting Through Each Day. Anyway, without any further ado, here is something to ponder and perhaps share with a loved one, as we all, as a friend of mine who is in hospice care helps remind me, have trials to bear, whether they be big or small. Additionally, I know that her ministry of blogging, begun after the cancer diagnosis, constantly strengthens me for my smaller trials because of her decades of courageous example of bearing up under other trials for so many years before this devastating one.

If the trials of many years were gathered into one, they would overwhelm us; therefore, in pity to our little strength, He sends first one, and then another, then removes both, and lays on a third, heavier, perhaps than either; but all is so wisely measured to our strength that the bruised reed is never broken. We do not enough look at our trials in this continuous and successive view. Each one is sent to teach us something, and altogether they have a lesson which is beyond the power of any to teach alone.

H. E. Manning

Thank you, Debbie–http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/debbieschafer–for being a living reminder of God’s graciousness to us in the midst of our trials!

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