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It’s funny how quickly seasons change
One moment you wake up enjoying adventure and ease
The next moment hardship and sickness invade every breath you breathe

We rarely know what life is going to bring
Oh for the eyes to see his kindness and mercy in the pain
Oh for the patience to see what he has in store

All the vain things that charm me most have lost their appeal
My hands are open
Do as you will

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“I do not pray that you may be delivered from your pains, but I pray GOD earnestly that He would give you strength and patience to bear them as long as He pleases. Comfort yourself with Him who holds you fastened to the cross. He will loose you when He thinks fit. Happy those who suffer with Him: accustom yourself to suffer in that manner, and seek from Him the strength to endure as much, and as long, as He shall judge to be necessary for you. The men of the world do not comprehend these truths, nor is it to be wondered at, since they suffer like what they are, and not like Christians. They consider sickness as a pain to nature, and not as a favor from GOD; and seeing it only in that light, they find nothing in it but grief and distress. But those who consider sickness as coming from the hand of GOD, as the effect of His mercy, and the means which He employs for their salvation—such, commonly find in it great sweetness and sensible consolation.”

Excerpt From: Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection. “The Practice of the Presence of God the Best Rule of a Holy Life.”