Do Not Be Surprised

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1. Do not be surprised at the suffering you bear;
It’s not something strange, so you must not despair.
Rejoice that you share with Christ and His sufferings know;
When He comes in glory, your joy will o’erflow.

Refrain
If God should will that you suffer ill,
Commit yourself gladly His will to fulfill.

2. If you are insulted because of Christ’s name,
You’re blessed, for God’s Spirit on you will remain.
Your suffering should never be for what deserves blame;
But if for your faith you’re hurt, be not ashamed. [Refrain]

3. God’s judgment will start with His own family.
What then will the outcome for godless men be?
In spite of your suffering, do good to all men;
For God will be faithful to you to the end. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1243

Author: Susan H. Peterson

Born: Oc­to­ber 17, 1950, Port An­ge­les, Wash­ing­ton. Died: Ju­ly 23, 2004, Per­al­ta, New Mex­i­co. Susan was the se­cond of two girls in the fam­i­ly. Her fa­ther worked for the Na­tion­al Park Ser­vice, so Su­san en­joyed grow­ing up in Na­tion­al Parks and His­tor­ic Sites across Amer­i­ca. She did her un­der­grad­u­ate work at Stan­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty and earned a BS in ma­the­ma­tics in 1972. The next year she took a one-year grad­u­ate pro­gram at Mult­no­mah School of the Bi­ble in Port­land, Or­e­gon, and re­ceived a Cer­tif­i­cate of Bi­ble up­on com­ple­tion. She de­cid­ed not to pur­sue a ca­reer in com­put­er sci­ence, as she had orig­in­al­ly in… Go to person page >

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First Line: Do not be surprised at the suffering you bear
Title: Do Not Be Surprised
Author: Susan H. Peterson (1998)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: If God should will that you suffer ill
Copyright: Released into the public domain

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