The pass of suffering

In reading the book by Richard Wurmbrand this past week, it is hard not to think of all those who have gone before us to Christ by the path of martyrdom and the many who tread that path today.  This poem by Emily Dickenson succinctly sums up their secret and is an encouragement to all of us.

Through the straight pass of suffering
The martyrs even trod,
Their feet upon temptation
Their faces upon God.