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Joy Amidst Suffering

"Consider it pure joy my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." -James 1:2-4

This verse has been on my mind lately. Very long story short, my wife Darby had a surgery to get a cancerous tumor taken out of her neck. Now we have to do radiation and chemo to make sure the cancer doesn't come back. The world tells us to be victims. The world tells us to complain, to feel broken, to feel angry, annoyed, sad, what have you. While all of those are tempting responses, because there is no denying that this is not something we wanted, that is not the Gospel response. The response of a Christ follower is joy. Joy in the face of trials and suffering. It is hard to get more counter-cultural than that. But that is where Darby and I feel the Lord calling us. Calling us to joy, to thankfulness, to tru…

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