Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
I feel like a blessed child today. We have persevered, through no strength of our own (believe me), and today....
Today we walked into church, sat in the back pew, and worshiped.