Blessed is the man who has labored; he has found life. Gospel of Thomas 58

Suffering can lead to bitterness and despair but it can also lead to growth and life. I have often seen two people with an almost identical burden; and yet, one chooses life by picking up that cross while the other chooses death by shrinking from it.

Daily Prayer: I don't ask for suffering today, but if it comes, let it be a gateway to life, not a reason for complaint and despair.

Ron Miller in Wisdom of the Carpenter