Rejoicing Under Suffering

Beloved of Christ

Be not dismayed

By the ghastly persecution

That haunts your ways.


The world hated Christ

So it hates you as well

Your blessing is not of this life

With your Savior you dwell.


Christ is our hope

Do not lose faith

Over the fiery trials

That burn your life ash gray.


Think not it strange

To witness strife

Tis not strange at all

For your hope is not this life.


Be not afraid

Rest solely in Christ

Lift your gaze to heaven

Though felled beneath the world’s scythe.


Chase not after the honor

That flows from this sickened world

Cling you still to Christ

He is our final and glorious hope.


“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.”  — 1 Peter 4:12-13