Reading 1 Corinthian 13

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Give me strength to bear what you send, and do not let fear rule over me.

"Prayers in Times of Distress"

Suffering must be borne, so that it will pass.

Either the world must bear it and go down because of it, or it falls on Christ and is overcome in him. So Christ suffers vicariously for the world. . . .

God is a God of bearing. The Son of God bore our flesh, and for that reason he bore the cross; he bore all our sins and through his bearing achieved reconciliation. So too are disciples called to be bearers. Being a Christian consists in bearing.