[Saint] Paul wrote that we are to pray always, be grateful in all circumstances, and always rejoice since it is the will of God for us. If these three imperatives are indeed the will of God, then blessedly wise are those who strive earnestly to live in such unflinching joy! . . .

Those famous Pauline three: joy, gratitude, and prayer, are identical triplets who sustain, protect, and encourage one another when they are lived side by side.

Edward Hays, Chasing Joy