Friday, February 15, 2013

Thomas a Kempis: patience in adversity

Friday, February 15, 2013
    Commemoration of Thomas Bray, Priest, Founder of SPCK, 1730
    Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
    —Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)
    When a man is not troubled it is not hard for him to be fervent and devout, but if he bears up patiently in time of adversity, there is hope for great progress.
    ... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, I.xiii.8, p. 49 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 5:3-4; Matt. 5:11-12; Luke 6:22-23; Acts 5:41; Rom. 8:28; 15:3-4; 1 Cor. 10:13; 2 Cor. 4:8-10,17; Phil. 1:27-28; Jas. 1:2-3; 2 Pet. 1:4-8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen me in the time of trouble.
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