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My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James 1:2-4 (KJV)

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

I Peter 1:7 (KJV)

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12 (KJV)

Count it all joy when trials come for this

is how we are perfected and sanctified

in Jesus Christ our Savior, God’s Son.

Count it all joy when troubles come

for this is when the golden threads of

patience are woven within us so that our

hearts are opened even wider to receive

the blessed treasures of wisdom, insight, truth,

and love from our Savior, Lord and friend.

Count it all joy when our Savior trusts us with

trials, troubles, and tests. For this is when our

Triune God is turning our lives into Holy gold.

Count it all joy. Count it all joy. Count it all joy

brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ! Count it all joy

for anything and everything that our loving

Savior allows into our lives is to create in us

all that is noble, pure, lovely, and of good report.

Count it all joy. Count it all joy. Count it all joy when

we are being transformed from glory to glory to be more

and more like our Savior and Lord. May “count it all joy”

be our gleaming, glorious, moment by moment, hope-filled,

lived out, Christ-honoring, Spirt empowered, Imago-Dei theology.