A quote from Martin Luther
God works by contraries so that a man feels himself lost in the very moment when he is on the verge of being saved. When God is about to justify a man, He damns him. Whom He would make alive, He must first kill...Man must first cry out that there is no health in him...when a man believes himself to be utterly lost, light breaks. Peace comes in the Word of God through faith.
I wrote this on a napkin at a restaurant (Harry's Hofbrau) - copied from "Modern Reformation" back in August.