Quotations for Daily Use

Suffering, Pain

"Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: 'The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me and I in Him." Francis de Sales, 21 August 1567 – 28 December 1622) was a Bishop of Geneva and is honored as a saint in the Catholic Church.

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world." C.S. Lewis as appeared in C.S. Lewis by Allister McGrath

I have always felt that the ocean was my friend."
President James A. Garfield was confined to the White House after he had been shot. All of the windows were shut up tight as per Dr. Bliss's orders. Garfield wanted to go to the ocean. His doctor refused for him to be allowed to go right away, but he was finally allowed to go. He died days after arriving in a home near the ocean where he watched the ocean.This information is from Destny Republic by Candice Millard.

"Suffering can show us when we take wrong turns, or do bad things. It can bring home to us the frailty and transience of our existence, and challenge our belief that we can get by on our own. Pain thus helps to shatter the illusion that 'all is well,' allowing God to plant 'the flag if truth within the fortress of a rebel soul.' " Alister McGrath, author of C.S. Lewis - A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet

"Suffering is like a pile of rocks. You can choose to carry the load, throw them at someone, just let it lay there, or you can build an altar." Chad Arnold (Shared by ODS Runs With Scissors, Shar, after she read an article about a brother who gave his brother (Chad Arnold) a liver transplant. The donor brother died, and Chad lives on and shared this quote.)

"Wounded people who have been broken by suffering and sickness ask for only one thing; a heart that loves and commits itself to them, a heart full of hope for them." Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche movement for the developmentally disabled.

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