Sufferance is never welcome but that is what we are promised in this life. But we do not want our suffering to be wasted. It will produce endurance and also character. This in turn will produce hope. Hope is what keeps us going but it is not a vain hope. We hope in the full knowledge that we will have our reward in heaven.

‘Suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope and hope does not disappoint us.’ Romans 5:3-5