The words of Brother Yun echo deeply into my soul, haunting me greatly only to know what it takes for others to take up the cross daily, and to do this joyfully:

Don’t pray for the persecution to stop! We shouldn’t pray for a lighter load to carry, but a stronger back to endure! Then the world will see that God is with us, empowering us to live in a way that reflects his love and power.

This is true freedom!