Upon losing his wife to cancer, C. S. Lewis wrote, “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.”1 Life offers no exit from suffering. In fact, the older you get…
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
— C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed (New York: HarperOne, 2009), 15.
Courage is forged only through facing one’s fears. Steel must be refined by fire. For faith to grow, it often has to be tested by trial.
–Kenneth Samples, church lecture entitled “Facing Life’s Challenges and God’s Reasons for Suffering”