Generally in the west we don’t face persecution, but suffering can take other forms. Health is a particular issue especially where it impacts wives/husbands and children. Colleagues are particularly affected at the moment through the loss of babies in early pregnancy, caring for a young mum dying of cancer, and other health concerns. But this has never been exceptional, Jesus warned us that in this world we would have troubles, giving the lie to health, wealth and prosperity teaching. The key question is in coming through these things is our relationship with God through Christ any better? In the extremity of need do we like Abraham, believe God, even when it feels as if He is our enemy? Often the fruit of our experience does not appear until distance and time have given us perspective. As we go through the experience our only anchor is to hold to God’s declared and proved (Christ on the cross) love for us.