This text provides a novel approach to a critical issue--the potential of pain. Initially, the potential of pain is explored by way of paradise lost, as an explanation of why things are as we experience them. The book then entertains the classic Job narrative, as it pertains to addressing the question of why the godly suffer. The passion narratives next invite our attention and the collective voices of the martyrs appear as a logical extension of the sufferings of Christ. This leads into a more analytical treatment of the topic, highlighting key aspects of the extended discussion. Moreover, the text begins and concludes with examples meant to illustrate pain as a means of grace.