My reading today contained Luke 15:17 in which Jesus said, “Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety-nine just persons which need no repentance.” Oddly, this coincided with something I had woken up hearing (an echo from yesterday) — something about “blessed bankruptcy” from a book called Royal Insignia. The editors of that magnificent volume, Edwin and Lillian Harvey, included a quote from Pascal that said, “A man’s own need is the measure of his greatness.” Like the prodigal son, our true success story begins when we first feel the pinch and begin to be in want. I wrote in the margin, “We don’t need God until we need God!” The reading proceeded to point out how adversity compels us into the arms of Christ, and it named some of these adversities: bereavement, bankruptcy, ill health, collapse — and it called them blessings blessed bereavement, blessed bankruptcy; blessed ill heath, blessed collapse. So, in tribulation are the blessings? What think you? Chime in if you care to share!