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"the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ."

There is something stunning about the faith of those plunged into the furnace of suffering.  No-one, but Christ, would seek to suffer, but the effects are unimaginable in the saints as they suffer and grieve.

Particularly, I see that in these guys who we knew to varying degrees while we lived in Reading. We were in the Arborfield & Barkham family of churches with Ed & Nicci whose son died last week (Ed & Nicci's blog). I only very loosely know The Mackays of Reading Family Church, Craig tells the story of his wife's journey to be with Jesus.

One can't help but marvel and give praise to God for the quality of their faith in horrendous times. Marvel and then sit in silence and sorrow for them.

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