Wednesday in the Sixth Week of Easter

Text: Ephesians 1:1-10

Prayer Pointers:

For joy and good humor

For Christians in other lands

When you think of Jesus, what type of expression is usually on his face? Dour? Stern? Sad? Vaguely pious?

Would Jesus ever smile? Laugh?

There are some tantalizing pieces of evidence in the Gospels that Jesus had a wicked good sense of humor. Some of his encounters with the Pharisees and his conversations with the disciples can be read more sensibly and with deeper meaning if they are read assuming a tongue-in-cheek attitude.

More deeply, it is important to remember that at the heart of the Trinity is joy, sheer delight, pure happiness. The essence of the Trinity is the shared love that flows from the Father to the Son as the Spirit. Even in our own lives, love that flows from us to our beloved and is returned is a source of joy. How much more is it for God? Even better, God’s joy comes to us as a gift, a resurrection gift. Nothing in heaven or on earth—to use Paul’s words—is left apart from God’s touch, for the plans of God flow outward to all things.

We may be hard-pressed at the moment; we may be anxious. We may be out of our comfort zones because we are in a situation that our technology and our ingenuity cannot easily solve. But we are not without hope, for God has come to us, lived life with us, and has overcome all obstacles so that we may “be holy and blameless before him.” Whenever you are worried or at a loss, remember that the first possible sound that was heard when Mary comprehended the impossible news that Jesus was alive was…

jubilant laughter!

Easter joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.