As we have given up one thing for Lent in order that we remember the life Jesus gave up to save us, we honor this Lenten time together. It is a holy time where we draw near to Jesus and receive strength. It was a time like this in which Apostle Peter wrote encouragement to Christians undergoing persecution for their faith. Yet while they suffered they still had joy. How so?
Peter begins Scripturally on our common ground of indestructible joy that loving Jesus gives to us. In this he says, "... for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:9 Our faith puts us in God's keeping and salvation in Jesus lifts us up to Him securely during any suffering we encounter.
Claudia F. Hernaman wrote a Hymn in 1875 which echoes Peter's inspiration for us. The fifth verse is this:
'Abide with us, that so, this life of suffering over past,
an Easter of unending joy we may attain at last.'*
Our witness of faith in Christ during our hardships and sufferings is strongest as we give thanks that Someone shields our tender hearts. His Love given to us through the Power of the Holy Spirit helps us to recognize His Joy is never dimmed within our hearts.
*(Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days,' A Lenten Hymn)