"God can cause unsullied light to spring out of black night.
He can also shroud in a dark cloud of gloom the pure light of day."
~ The Greek poet, Pinder, Ninth Paean - addressed to the Thebans
We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure,
so that we despaired of life itself.
But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God ...
On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us
Corinthians 1:3-10 (selections)