It was a jolt to my system, the day I started to read James for the first time:
“Consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds . . . . “
I say “started to read”, because I was so shocked and frightened by James’s instruction that, for months, I avoided going anywhere near his letter when I opened my Bible. Looking back I can see where it was God’s mercy, giving me space before facing a life or death challenge that would change my perspective forever.
After that first encounter with James, life was going exceedingly well. In fact, we were surprised and thrilled to announce to the world that we were expecting a third child that fall. All appeared to be well until, at 25 weeks gestation, we faced the possibility of…
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