Cup of Sorrow, Cup of Joy
When we are crushed like grapes, we cannot think of the wine we will become. The sorrow overwhelms us, makes us throw ourselves on the ground, facedown, and sweat drops of blood. Then we need to be reminded that our cup of sorrow is also our cup of joy and that one day we will be able to taste the joy as fully as we now taste the sorrow.
by Henri J.M. Nouwen
Nourishment in Suffering
In a mysterious way, our own suffering and pain can become a nourishment. Like our poverty and helplessness they can become a place where God resides. When we are successful and feel on top of the world, we can so easily turn away from God; when we are in pain we call out to him. There is a presence of God in suffering which can nourish the deepest part of our being.
Community and Growth, p. 193