I was crushed...so much so that I despaired even of life, but that was to make me rely not on myself, but on the God who raises the dead" (2 Cor. 1:8, 9).
"Pressed out of measure and pressed to all length; Pressed so intensely it seems, beyond strength; Pressed in the body and pressed in the soul, Pressed in the mind till the dark surges roll. Pressure by foes, and a pressure from friends. Pressure on pressure, till life nearly ends.
"Pressed into knowing no helper but God; Pressed into loving the staff and the rod. Pressed into liberty where nothing clings; Pressed into faith for impossible things. Pressed into living a life in the Lord, Pressed into living a Christ-life outpoured."