One Sunday recently I watched Becky Coursolle and Evelyn Johnson skipping down the hall, holding hands and laughing. Seeing such joy made me ask myself, “When did I stop skipping?”.
You seldom see adults skipping and I wonder why. I suppose somewhere in the unspoken list of adult do and do not do behaviors skipping was deemed immature. But is skipping immature?
It is difficult to skip and be angry or sad. It is difficult to skip and take yourself to seriously or be controlling. It is difficult to skip and be weighted down with guilt or responsibility. Skipping is a physical activity that seems to free us into a space that allows joy to enter in. Have you ever seen anyone skip with scowl on their face?
What would happen if we all skipped into our Bethesda church building on Easter morning? Sounds utterly ridiculous doesn’t it. Then again Easter is a ridiculous kind of day. It is not reasonable to think that if there is a God that that God would even consider living fully as a human being even to the point of death. It doesn’t make any sense for a God to suffer brutally at the hands of men and die on a cross. It is preposterous to believe in a person rising from the dead. Yet this is what we Christians profess to be true.
Christians believe that God exists. Christians claim that the Word (God) was made flesh and lived among us. Christians contend that Jesus was fully human and fully God. Christians declare that Jesus suffered and died on a cross and then three days later rose from the dead. Christians believe that we all have eternal life because of the grace of God. All of this sounds like nonsense and yet it is the glorious truth for all those who believe.
God’s amazing grace frees us to live into an abundant life. A joy filled life. A life where we can and should express our joy freely and maybe even a little outlandishly. I know that skipping into church on Easter morning is crazy idea; but if that is too much of an ask how about a spring in your step? This is the season to not only intellectually acknowledge the outrageous love of God but also to physically radiate the outrageous love of God!
Go somewhere that makes you feel joy. (This can be outside your home or just a favorite spot in our home.)
What does joy feel like for you?
What brings you joy?
What does the scripture verse “the Joy of the Lord is my strength and salvation” mean for you?