But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.
I have just one more chapter to write. So far, it's been easy to just flow right through 5 chapters. Now is the hard part: choosing what to end with. As it turns out, there is a lot in the Bible about joy. Which is a good thing. But hard to put into 6 weeks. How do you choose between essentials of joy? :)
What has stood out to me so far is Psalm 31. David says he rejoices in God's unfailing love because God sees his troubles and cares about the anguish of his soul. How beautiful. Even in anguish (David said tears blurred his eyes and his soul withered), David rejoiced because he knew God could see him and he knew God cared.