I’m often encouraged by the simple, brief, thought-provoking meditations of Stephen Altrogge. This morning he talked about a simple act of praise and worship by a severely disabled woman.
History is full of examples of those who suffered joyfully. Their stories inspire me. One of the earliest catalogs of joyful sufferers is found in Hebrews 11:
Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. (Hebrews 11:35-38)
One of the things I hope to be able to do here on this blog is occasionally point to other examples of men and women “of whom the world was not worthy.”
When it’s our time to suffer, may we do so joyfully, like this woman and so many others throughout history.