We were touched by these words from the First Letter of Peter which were read to us at Vespers a few evenings ago. They were of course intended as an exhortation to Christian slaves of the first century, but fitting words for all of us seeking to follow Christ with all our hearts.
...whenever anyone bears the pain of unjust suffering because of consciousness of God, that is a grace. But what credit is there if you are patient when beaten for doing wrong? But if you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.
As we see each day in the newspaper so much sorrow, the anguish of refugees and other victims of violence, we try to bear patiently the little things that may complicate our lives.
A photo from the early days at Spencer.