“Don’t worry,” he said. “We are rejoicing in Christ. We have a saying, ‘When you are persecuted, thank God that you have not been thrown into prison. If you have been thrown into prison, thank God that you have not been beaten. If you have been beaten, thank God that you have not been killed.'” He paused, and smiled again, “And if you have been killed, thank God that you are with Him in heaven.”
— Turkestani Christian
(David Garrison, A Wind in the House of Islam, KL 2274).