TASTE THE LOT OF ALL. The folks at Bruderhof help me begin to put it into perspective. Bruderhof's Daily Dig this morning is an excerpt from an extended 1919 lecture on suffering by Eberhard Arnold:
"Only when we take human existence upon ourselves in its starkest and most humiliating misery—a misery in which nothing has meaning—can we win through to the only possible way to live. Only when we taste the lot of all, when we become involved deeply in world suffering, one in heart with the need of humanity, can we win through to our true vocation. Only when the conscience becomes active, only when love is born out of suffering, only when hardship leads to liberating action, is victory near."