Refuge in the Rock of Ages
Dr. Edem Dzunu
When scripture says pray continuously, be thankful, be joyful, be gentle and give praise in your persecution, it is not a suggestion that God is oblivious to your pain or that you should be oblivious to your own pain. It is a reminder that we might not understand everything, but nothing and nobody can take away our joy for its foundation is in Christ. It is a reminder that God is aware and very much in charge in painful life losses and at other oppressive times.