Embracing Joy

01
Aug

Joy not only comes in the Morning but also during a Pandemic

During Easter, Christians celebrate the monumental moment of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

During this moment, there was a daunting night before the morning emerged.  And the bible says:

Black Woman

Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

Psalms 30: 4-5 ESV

After Jesus was crucified, there was a time of darkness when it did not seem that any future joy was possible.

Now, let’s fast forward to 2020. The COVID 19 pandemic has created a new normal where many people no longer feel a sense of joy. Besides the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter Movement still presents concerns for the safety of people of color against police brutality. As John Lewis and C.T. Vivian, who played an instrumental role in Civil Rights, have recently passed, some are asking, “How can we experience joy not only during a health pandemic but also during a pandemic of generational injustice against people of color?” Scripture encourages us to rejoice in the blessings of our lives and give glory to God in all things. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).
Along with reading scripture, there are things we can do to help us look at the “brighter side” of life.

Here are some helpful tips to experience joy not only in the morning but also during a pandemic.

Exercise at Home

Try physical activity. Starting your day off with exercise, specifically yoga, has several benefits, such as improving your strength and sleep quality along with decreasing stress and anxiety. YouTube, as well as several gyms, offer online classes.

call loved ones

Many people are missing family and friends during this time. And while we have to socially distance physically, it does not mean you cannot still FaceTime and call those who are nearest and dearest to you! Staying connected is key to maintaining your relationships, and it also greatly helps your mental health.

Consider it pure joy … whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 

James 1:2-3 

Stay active in the community

With hot topics of police brutality and COVID 19, many are physically protesting but you may wonder, “How can I support a protest while at home?”. Use your social media as a platform to express their thoughts along with contacting government officials; donating to various organizations; and
volunteering services for protestors. It is important to continue with community involvement even while staying safe.

listen to a sermon

Listening to a sermon helps you stay connected and hopeful to God. It may bring you peace and remind you of your beliefs. Red Oak United Methodist offers online services specifically Wednesday Bible Study and Sunday Morning Service. This can generate kindness, enhance self-awareness, and promote emotional
health.

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