"Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me..."
"Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him..."
"But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me,
I will come forth as gold."
"But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that
suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character;
and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us..."
Romans 5:3 - 5
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trails of
many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith
develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so
that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
James 1:2 - 4
"...though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all
kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith--of greater
worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by
fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise,
glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."
1 Peter 1:6 - 7
"...he will never leave you nor forsake you."
In golden youth when seems the earth,
A summer-land of singing mirth,
When souls are glad and hearts are light,
And not a shadow lurks in sight,
We do not know it, but there lies,
Somewhere veiled under evening skies,
A garden which we all must see--
The Garden of Gethsemane.
With joyous steps we go our ways,
Love lends a halo to our days;
Light sorrows sail like clouds afar,
We laugh and say how glad we are.
We hurry on; and hurrying, go
Close to the border-land of woe;
That waits for you, and waits for me
Forever waits Gethsemane.
All those who journey, soon or late,
Must pass within the garden's gate;
Must kneel alone in darkness there,
And battle with some fierce despair.
God pity those who cannot say,
"Not mine, but Thine," who only pray,
"Let this cup pass," and cannot see
The purpose in Gethsemane.