And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.1 Peter 5:10
Do you want to be close to me? I heard the Master say. The road I walk will not be smooth, Yet, I promise to stay the whole way. Where can I go, but by your side? You're really all I need. This brutal world has taught me this; There is nothing in this world I need. Then, do not draw back! Stay by my side! I'll guide each rugged step. Through fellowship in my suffering; I will shelter you near to my breast.
It must have seemed strange to the angels when our Lord Jesus emptied Himself and came to earth, to live a poor man’s life and die a felon’s death. It must have hurt them too. I know this must have been a holy pain, but even so I think it could not have been easy for our Lord to let them suffer at all. And what of the Father’s suffering? The only beloved Son could not lightly see His Father suffer as He gave Him up for us all. So He, Jesus your Lord, can enter into even this with you, and He does. And if He calls you into a new fellowship with Him in His suffering, I know that you will not draw back.
Amy Carmichael | Candles in the Dark: Letters of Hope and Encouragement | p. 15.