More and more James 1.2 is becoming an anchor for my sanity. Life can be so cruel, and so can people. But I have learned that trials come so that I can be strengthened in my faith and grow in the grace of God. These trials come to take the world out of me and set my affections on the Savior. They come to give me endurance for the next trial; and yes, there will always be a next trial. They are as certain as death and taxes. But I am loving the closeness of the Savior in the midst of my present trial. “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (1 Pet 5.7). This is more true now than it has ever been for me. I want to live like the saints in Heb 11. I want to share in the sufferings of the Messiah. Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom every knee will bow in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father!