Joy Unalloyed

Paul writes joy to church friends,
joy in jail all about Jesus;
start-to-end partner joy.
Eager! Death now? Later?
No matter, both equal full life:
confident, bold, daring;
always thanking, always praying.

Paul yearns Christ’s self-giving
love for all, ever growing, wise,
fruitful, gentle, carefree,
fearless, unswervingly peaceful,
radically content.

Paul counts all personal gains loss,
keeps stretching to know Christ’s
poured out love that won from worst death
unkillable life joy for all.

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