I just found out that a brother and sister in the Lord just had a miscarriage. But as I talked with this brother over the phone, he ended up encouraging me.
I was encouraged to hear him talk about how he and his wife delight in God's providence, and how happy they are that God has ordained all things, including this intense trial. We discussed how our Lord Jesus Himself grieved, and how He delighted in His humanity. And my friend commented on how this testing of his faith and the faith of his wife will develop perseverance.
My brother and my sister in the Lord, I am not worthy of you.
What would I do if something like that happened to me and my wife? I hope that by God's grace we would persevere and trust Him.
Over the years I have grown to become more and more in love with God's people.
I have seen a man abandon his believing wife and child, and this same child abandon the faith, leaving only the mother and former wife. But this woman today is stronger in the faith than she was before, and delights in Christ and His providence.
I have seen a man's wife die of cancer, and this man told me once that he wanted to go as well. But a short time later this same man told me that he finally came to the point that he thanked God for taking his wife, knowing that it was for the best in God's wise counsel.
I have seen another man abandon his wife and one-year old son, but his wife is still in the faith and the people of God have reached out to her in so many ways.
I have seen a married couple watch two of their sons abandon the faith, but they are still serving God's people in so many ways.
I have seen a couple's son fall and get seriously hurt, with the couple concerned that he may had been near his death. But during this time they trusted in the Lord, and prayed to Him.
I have heard of many other situations like these. The world is not worthy of these beautiful saints.
O people of God! Do you know how beautiful you all are? You are the radiant Bride of Christ! Christ is making you even more radiant! O Lord, grant that I would be a part of this beautiful Bride of Christ! O Lord, grant us perseverance when You bring us trials. Grant me perseverance. Grant me more love for Christ.
O Lord, Your Bride is beautiful.