"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."--James 1: 2-4
I have to admit, I don't consider it "pure joy" when I face trials. Right now, some dear friends are facing difficult times, which makes my heart bleed for them. Finding joy in trials is something we are instructed to do. Doing it is another matter, for whom among us wants to have trials, whether they be health, family, financial, whatever, in the first place?
Did you know that the Savior's Atonement accounts for not only our sins, but also for the tears we shed, for the cries we utter? I had not cognized that until recent years. It gives me comfort, knowing that He is there, that His infinite Atonement is all-encompassing. Was it not enough that He took upon Himself every sin ever committed? Add to that every tear shed, every cry uttered, and we still will never have an inkling of the enormity of the Atonement and His divine sacrifice.
This I know for sure: the Savior knows our tears and weeps with us. He hears our cries and cries with us.