Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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William G. Fischer
1835–1912

Words: Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 1998 (pub­lic do­main).

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

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Susan H. Peterson
1950–2004

Lyrics

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain