We do not lose heart, because our inner being is renewed each day even though our body is being destroyed at the same time. The present burden of our trial is light enough, and earns for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. We do not fix our gaze on what is seen but on what is unseen. What is seen is transitory; what is unseen lasts forever.
Indeed, we know that when the earthly tent in which we dwell is destroyed we have a dwelling provided for us by God, a dwelling in the heavens, not made by hands but to last forever. We groan while we are here, even as we yearn to have our heavenly habitation envelop us. [ ] God has fashioned us for this very thing and has given us the Spirit as a pledge of it.
—From chapter 15 of the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians and from the Office of Readings for the Office for the Dead. For the victims of tornadoes in Shawnee and Moore, Oklahoma.