And here is the concluding stretch. These came up in my emails amid a tough stretch in October 2007 when Joshua had to return to the hospital for various and serious hiccups in his recovery from surgery.
I hope you've found some encouragement from these. I've found them solid food to return to on life's plate.
"Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory." (William Barclay)
"Those who are really serious about their religion and want to become the kind of person that God wants them to be are the ones most in danger." (John Claypool)
"Faith declares what the senses do not see, but not the contrary to what they do not see. Faith is above them, not contrary to them." (Blaise Pascal)
"The true Christian religion is incarnational and thus does not begin at there top, as all other religions do; it begins at the bottom. You must run directly to the manger and the mother's womb, embrace the Infant and Virgin's Child in your arms and look at him--born, being nursed, growing up, going about in human society, teaching, dying, rising again, ascending above all the heavens, and having authority over all things."
"One can almost be numb with still another episode of trouble. It does help, however, that the hand that holds us has a nail hole in it." (Ralph Davis, to son Luke, about grandson Joshua Davis)
"How proper it is that Christmas should follow Advent. For him who looks toward the future, the manger is situated on Golgotha, and the Cross has already been raised in Bethlehem." (former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammerskjold)