Agony. Death. Pain. Fear. Sorrow. We will experience these things and more as we go through life. Do I have to just grit my teeth and endure? In the middle of the deepest and darkest valleys, God will help me to move beyond my wailing question, “Why me?” I look to see God in the middle of the pain–never doubt it, He is there! And I ask Him to show me what He has for me in the middle of all this pain. Will there be a day when I can praise God and thank him even when my circumstances are deplorable? Could I praise and thank him as I bury a loved one? Could I sing songs of hope and love from the depths of a death camp? What if I lost my job, my home, my health? God tells us that He will give us the strength to endure with joy and thanksgiving. Colossians 1:9 (The Message) As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.