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Poem: Annie Johnson Flint wrote:

This weighty burden thou dost bear,

This heavy cross,

It is a gift the Lord bestows,

And not a loss;

It is a trust that He commits

Unto thy care,

A precious lesson He has deigned

With thee to share.

Rejoice that He so honors thee

And so esteems

Of highest worth; the crown of thorns

With Him to wear,

And all the suffering of that crown

With Him to bear,

That by and by His glory, too,

With Him thou’lt share.

(V. Raymond Edman, But God!, (Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids; 1962), p. 131)