II Corinthians 1:3-7. Pain and suffering are heightened when they happen during what is supposed to be the most joyous time of the year. Suffering is a part of the message of Christmas. There is much emphasis on giving gifts at Christmas, but no one would think of suffering as a gift, no one except for the apostle Paul. We find his Christmas gift wish-list in the second letter he wrote to the church in Corinth, and on it is “the fellowship of His suffering.” It’s a strange gift but in this sermon Pastor Barry shares why it truly is a gift we each should be happy to receive.