Job chapter 1, verses 20 through 22.

Then Job rose up, and rent his garments, and having shaven his head fell down upon the ground and worshipped. And said: Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath pleased the Lord so is it done: blessed be the name of the Lord.┬áIn all the things Job sinned not by his lips, nor spoke he any foolish thing against God.

My father read the book of Job outloud as a prayer once when I was little. He did it more than once actually. But I remember one time coming into the room and he didn’t know I was there, and his voice was all choked up, because he was reading of Job’s trials. I had never seen my dad cry at that point in my life, so it made a big impression on me to see him so close to tears. It made me pay attention to what he was reading, and that awe regarding the book of Job has never left me. I pray that one day I can look back at any trials my life will have and be able to say that in times of pain and loss I fell down and worshipped, “as it hath pleased the Lord, so it is done: blessed be the name of the Lord.”

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