Hardships That Hang On

The core of God’s plan is to rescue us from sin and self-centeredness.  Suffering — especially the chronic kind — is God’s choicest tool to accomplish this.  It is a long process.  But it means I can accept my paralysis as a chronic condition.  When I broke my neck, it wasn’t a jigsaw puzzle I had to solve fast or a quick jolt to get me back on track.  My paralyzing accident was the beginning of a lengthy process of becoming like Christ.

— Joni Eareckson Tada, Pearls of Great Price, February 17 entry

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