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“A compassionate open home is part of Christian responsibility, and should be practiced up to the level of capacity.”

Francis A. Schaeffer

Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

―C.S. Lewis

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”

-C.S. Lewis

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

John Bunyan

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“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”

Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Christ literally walked in our shoes and entered into our affliction.”

Timothy J. Keller, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just
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“We instinctively tend to limit for whom we exert ourselves. We do it for people like us, and for people whom we like. Jesus will have none of that. By depicting a Samaritan helping a Jew, Jesus could not have found a more forceful way to say that anyone at all in need – regardless of race, politics, class, and religion – is your neighbour. Not everyone is your brother or sister in faith, but everyone is your neighbour, and you must love your neighbour.”

Timothy J. Keller, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just

“If a person has grasped the meaning of God’s grace in his heart, he will do justice… Grace should make you just.”

Timothy J. Keller  Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just

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“It is good for us to have trials and troubles at times, for they often remind us that we are on probation and ought not to hope in any worldly thing.”


Thomas à Kempis The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language
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“[ … ]When we have been brought very low and helped, sorely wounded and healed, cast down and raised again, have given up all hope–and been suddenly snatched from danger, and placed in safety; and when these things have been repeated to us and in us a thousand times over, we begin to learn to trust simply to the word and power of God, beyond and against appearances[….]”

John Newton

“His grief he will not forget; but it will not darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings

“Suffering always reveal idols of the heart.”

James MacDonald, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling: Changing Lives with God’s Changeless Truth

 

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“Afflictions are but the shadow of His wings.”

George MacDonald, The Curate of Glaston

 

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”

C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“The Lord’s mercy often rides to the door of our heart upon the black horse of affliction.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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“The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon