Are you under great and sore troubles?

(Anne Dutton's Letters on Spiritual Subjects)

My dear friend,
Are you under great and sore troubles?

Remember that these are the lot of God's
dearest children.

Consider that it is the Lord who brings your
greatest troubles upon you. Not a trouble could
touch you
, but by His operation or permission.
Say, then, "It is the Lord, let Him do what seems
good to Him!" and, "Shall I receive good at the
hand of the Lord, and shall I not receive evil?"

And if the rod is in your all-wise, your all-gracious
Father's most kind hand, it will profit your soul in
the end.

"For the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He
 punishes those he accepts as his children. God
 disciplines us for our good, that we may share
 in His holiness."  Hebrews 12:6, 10