“Would we be part of Christ’s mystical body and not be like him? His life, as Calvin says, was a series of sufferings, ‘a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.’ He wept and bled. Was his head crowned with thorns, and do we think to be crowned with roses? It is good to be like Christ, though it be by sufferings.”

Thomas Watson

“If God does not give you that which you like he will give that which you need. A physician does not so much study to please the taste of the patient, as to cure his disease. We complain that very sore trials lie upon us; let us remember that God is our Physician, therefore he labors rather to heal us than to humor us.”

Thomas Watson

“We are not bearing our crosses every time we have a headache; an aspirin tablet will take care of that. What is meant is the trouble we would not have if we were not Christians.”

Vance Hanver