Every blessing you pour out I'll
Turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I'm gonna say:
Blessed be the Name of the Lord
The words have been said to him over and over until they became trite. But now he's beginning to see the truth and reality of the matter.
"Only the man who has had to face despair is really convinced that he needs mercy. Those who do not want mercy never seek it. It is better to find God on the threshold of despair than to risk our lives in a complacency that has never felt the need of forgiveness. A life that is without problems may literally be more hopeless than one that always verges on despair."
Thank you, Thomas. Our hero has lived this lesson and, looking back, sees the footprints. He is learning to separate feeling from fact, though how he feels is always a matter of fact. But his feelings do not always accurately relate facts and he is learning to rely on Truth to see him through the storms. He is able to live Paul's exhortation and no matter what is facing him, he is able to maintain a good attitude.
He's learning contentment...but it's only been a month...