"Think back over the journey you have made," he (the Shepherd) said, "And tell me what lessons you learned along the way."
She was silent for awhile as she reviewed the journey....at last she said softly, "My Lord, I will tell you what I have learned."
"First," said she. "I learned that I must accept with joy all that you allowed to happen to me on the way and everything to which the path led me! That I was never to try to evade it but to accept it and to lay down my own will on the altar and say, 'Behold me, I am thy handmaid, Acceptance-With-Joy.'"
He nodded without speaking, and she went on, "Then I learned that I must bear all that others were allowed to do against me and to forgive with no trace of bitterness and to say to thee, 'Behold me - I am thy handmaiden, Bearing-With-Love.'"
~ Hannah Hurnard