“And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7
Affliction and joy wouldn’t seem to go together.
Lord, thank You for doing what doesn’t make sense and wouldn’t be possible but for the power of Your Word. And here’s a simple poem . . .
He comes to us
in our affliction
to what was death
by His Spirit
with every breath.