"Grace withers without adversity. You can't sneak into Heaven
without a cross. Crosses form us into His image. They cut away
the pieces of our corruption. Lord cut, carve, wound; Lord do any-
thing to perfect your image in us and make us fit for glory. We need
winnowing before we enter the kingdom of God. O what I owe to the
file, hammer, and furnace! Why should I be surprised at the plough that
makes such deep furrows in my soul?"
- Samuel Rutherford in Voices From the Past