Welcoming God, help me to know that my security is in you alone, that life here is not a bowl of cherries but also comes with the pits, that it is a mixture of tears and laughter, sorrow and joy, celebration and mourning. Give me the grace to remember that my life is an unearned gift from you, and death is not the finish line but a doorway to a resting place in your loving arms.
— Judy Bauer from Lent and Easter Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen
My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same way with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away.
— James 1:2-11 (New Revised Standard Version Bible)