cross, crown; in that order

“Christianity has always insisted that the cross we bear precedes the crown we wear. To be a Christian one must take up his cross, with all its difficulties and agonizing and tension-packed content, and carry it until that cross leaves its mark upon us and redeems us to that more excellent way which comes only through suffering.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

(Source: Philip Yancey’s book Soul Survivor: How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Helped My Faith Survive the Church, p.25)

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