April 11 Edevotional

“Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. When the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy. John 20:20

Joy is a form of resistance. This is what my colleague shared that she heard at a conference on white privilege and the struggle for dismantling the embedded racism in ourselves and our world. Joy is a form of resistance. My colleague was having a problem with the statement. Joy is easily available to me, she went on, while others do not have the same access to joy. How can my joy be a form of resistance? I wondered this, too. I also wonder, what is my joy that can be a form of resistance? Emily Dickinson wrote that “hope is the thing with feathers.” Joy seems to be that too. Easily frightened away. Like the little bird that perches in the soul. John writes that the disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord Jesus. Now theirs was certainly a form of resistance. Resistance to the fear that the authorities had succeeded in filling them with, by putting Jesus to death. Fear does seem to succeed, many times. Your joy is a form of resistance. God, help me see the Lord.

In our sermon series on Oscars Meet the Kingdom, our first film that we focused on last Sunday was Black Panther. These two links are to a study guide and an article on the film.

Pastor Sherrie

HAPPENINGS

Martha Circle
Thursday, April 12, 10:00 am

Youth Group
Sunday, April 15, 5:00 to 7:00pm

Book Club
At the home of Donna Lee Gulley
Wednesday, April 18, 7:00
The Monk of Mokhtar by David Eggers

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