No author ever wrote of the family joys & sorrows & affections in such a tender manner, ever struck the lyre of domestic affections with such winning touch, as did the English writer Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870).
Perhaps the fact that his own home was a desert had something to do with that magnificent expression of family hopes & joys & sorrows.
There may be gold for others in our own disappointments.
“We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.”- Henry W Beecher.
Jas 1:2-4 (GNB): “My friends, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
2Co 1:4 (GNB): “He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God.”