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(We) are summoned to follow a leader whose eventual goal is indeed a world of blessing beyond bounds, but whose immediate goal, the only possible route to that eventual one, is a horrible and shameful death. N.T. Wright
Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
If you willingly carry the cross, it will carry you. It will take you to where suffering comes to an end, a place other than here. Thomas à Kempis
Realize that to know Christ you must lead a dying life. The more you die to yourself, the more you will live unto God. Thomas à Kempis
You will never enjoy heavenly things unless you are ready to suffer hardship for Christ. Nothing is more acceptable to God, nothing more helpful for you on this earth. When there is a choice to be made, take the narrow way. This alone will make you more like Christ. Thomas à Kempis
You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.
Art credit: All photographs this week are by Kirk Sewell
Art credit: all space photos are from NASA; all other photos are my own, copyright Elizabeth Giger, 2017
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credit: Thanks to Todd Daly for many of the ideas contained in this post.