Sorrow's Four Lands

The natural man would perhaps say there is no blessing in sorrow, but not the spiritual man. An old writer suggests that sorrow can lead us into one of four lands: the barren land in which we try to escape from it; the broken land in which we sink under it; the bitter land in which we resent it; or the better land in which we bear it, and in which, while bearing it, we become a blessing to others. J.W.B.