Pure Joy

"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."  James 1:2-3


25 years of abuse, of being used, accused and lied to
has been transmuted to:  pure joy, pure joy in the end
Because I am a Christian
Because I consider Christ
my savior and my friend
and I would face the wicked
endure all the suffering again
if more souls are saved by it
I found the way out
I never lost sight of His truth and His light
He gave me cancer as a blessing
to keep me safe from rage displaced
and now I see the cancer is:  pure joy, pure joy in the end
He took my hearing from me
so I couldn't hear my own vanity
or wander lost in the world of dense things
and become one with carnality.
So my listening was on reserve for His purposes alone
to bear witness to the pain of others and forget about my own
and so my deafness is:  pure joy, pure joy in the end