The Great Treasure of Suffering

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The sufferings, which appear so hard and objectionable to us in our lives are in reality full of the greatest treasures a Christian can find. They are like the shell in which a pearl rests. And what is the pearl, the end result of the sufferings? Hope. Suffering produces hope. And hope does not disappoint us. Where there is still hope, there is no defeat; there may be every kind of weakness, much clamor and complaining, much anxious shouting; nevertheless, because hope is present, the victory has already been won. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Quoted in In Search of Deep Faith

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