Scripture Verse

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 1 Peter 4:12–13


William G. Fischer (1835–1912)

Words: Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 1998 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: Whit­er Than Snow Will­iam G. Fisch­er, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Susan H. Peterson (1950–2004)


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.


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

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.


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.