Consider it joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith begets perseverance.  – Jas 1:2-3

Reflection. Joy is possible even in difficult circumstances.  Joy is nothing like the happiness of a fun time; rather it is more a deep inner contentment, which comes from the knowledge of God’s love.

Prayer. Jesus, my Lord and my God, what joy I feel when I know I have done something to please You.  Help me when I am not so sure of myself.  It is difficult to believe that Your love does not depend on my good behavior.  You love the sinner even before he repents.