Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.@1 Peter 4:12-13
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William G. Fischer (1835-1912)

Susan H. Peterson, 1998 (public domain).

Whiter Than Snow William G. Fischer, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Susan H. Peterson (1950-2004)

Do not be surprised at the suffering you bear;
It’s not something strange, so you must not despair.
Rejoice that you share with Christ and His sufferings know;
When He comes in glory, your joy will o’erflow.

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If God should will that you suffer ill,
Commit yourself gladly His will to fulfill.

If you are insulted because of Christ’s name,
You’re blessed, for God’s Spirit on you will remain.
Your suffering should never be for what deserves blame;
But if for your faith you’re hurt, be not ashamed.

Refrain

God’s judgment will start with His own family.
What then will the outcome for godless men be?
In spite of your suffering, do good to all men;
For God will be faithful to you to the end.

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