February 14, 2007

The Path of Sorrows

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”—Anne Bradstreet
“Grief is itself a medicine.”William Cowper
“Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway.”—Mary C. Crowley
“Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”King David (Psalm 30:5)
“Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.”—Ecclesiastes 7:3
“Given a choice between grief and nothing, I’d choose grief.”—William Faulkner
“Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.”—Swedish proverb
“Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.”Samuel Johnson
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”—Henri Nouwen
“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”Pierre-Auguste Renoir
“The ransomed of the Lord will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”—Isaiah 35:10
“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”—Talmud
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.”—From a headstone in Ireland
“[The Lord] desires that those who come to worship Him shall carry away with them precious thoughts of His care and love, that they may be cheered in all the employments of daily life, that they may have grace to deal honestly and faithfully in all things.”Ellen G. White (Steps to Christ, p. 103).