“Love cannot clasp all it yearns for, in its bosom, without first suffering for it. The child lives upon its parent’s life. The child, who has no one to suffer for, is a miserable wretch. And, from this point onward, in every relation of life, one man suffers for another’s benefit. It is the law of social life, and I do not see why we should think it strange that Christ obeyed the same law, only in a grander way.” Beecher
The first line in his quote is what struck me most. Would that relationships were deepened only by joyful times but this is not so in God's economy; we remember those who sacrificed for us and whether it be child-birth, or the countless sacrifices we make for those we love that truly broaden and deepen our relationships.