HOPE TO THE END
Is there no other way, O God,
Except through sorrow, pain and loss
To stamp Christ-likeness on my soul .
No other way except the Cross?
And then a Voice stills all my soul,
As stilled the waves of Galilee,
"Canst thou not bear the furnace,
If midst the flames I walk with thee?"
"I bore the Cross--I know its' weight,
I drank the cup I hold for thee.
Canst thou not follow where I lead?
I'll give thee strength LEAN HARD ON ME !
Song : Be Still My Soul"
I Peter 4: 12 ..."Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you:
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings;
that when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."
and ...Isaiah 43:2
"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee;
and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee:
When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned;
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee....
For I AM the LORD thy God"
"That I may know HIM and the power of His resurrection
and the fellowship of HIS sufferings"