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.