The more we fear crosses the more reason we have to think we stand in need of them. Let us not therefore be dejected when the hand of God layeth heavy ones upon us.
I do not ask, O Lord, that life may be
A pleasant road;
I do not ask that Thou wouldst take from me
Aught of its load.
I do not ask my cross to understand,
My way to see;
Better in darkness just to feel Thy hand,
And follow Thee.
O Jesus! Thou hast suffered so much for me, let me therefore suffer for Thee!