adjectively “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.” Psalm 119:71. In a remarkable statement, the psalmist actually thanked God for a difficult experience. We don’t know the nature of the psalmist’s affliction, but the positive outcome was a longing to obey the Lord and a hunger for His Word. When we grieve, it feels more like dying than growing. But as God wraps His loving arms around us, we have the assurance of His faithful care. It is trite but true, that how we deal with sorrow will make us either bitter or better.