“Oh Lord, by all thy dealings with us, whether of joy or pain, of light or darkness, let us be brought to thee.  Let us value no treatment of thy grace simply because it makes us happy or because it makes us sad, because it gives us or denies us what we want; but may all that thou sendest us bring us to thee, that, knowing thy perfectness, we may be sure in every disappointment that thou art still loving us, and in every darkness that thou art still enlightening us, and in every enforced idleness that thou art still using us; yea, in every death that thou art still giving us life, as in his death thou didst give life to thy Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.”
      -Phillips Brooks, 
       quoted in Elisabeth Elliot, God’s Guidance: A Slow and Certain Light

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