Tears Of Joy
                                         © 1983, 2016 J. Mark Witters

Once, I knew hurt and regret, but little did I suspect
That they could be destroyed;
Giving way to tears of joy.

Gradually, I unlearned fear; eventually, began to hear,
And, miraculously filled the void.
Since replaced with tears of joy.

How do we choose to react?
When will we not look back?
Forgiveness must always be deployed.
Praise the Lord!
Plowshares from swords...
Gratitude and tears of joy!