Joy Sylvester Johnson

It has been said that power never surrenders without a fight.

I know this to be true.

For me the question remains, “How shall I fight?”

How do I resist without becoming what I am resisting?

God has called me to be a witness for restorative justice in a world hell bent on “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”

God has called me to a perspective that every human being is one of God’s treasures in a world that is confident that some lives matter and some don’t.

God has called me to be kind and helpful and merciful in a world that believes mercy is weak, help must be earned and kindness is passé.

God has called me to seek and live truthfully in a world where lies are routinely spun and praised as long as media ratings, stock values and consumerism remains high.

God has called me to be a vehicle of peace in a world where violence begetting more violence is the norm.

God has called me to create ways for the voiceless to have their say in a world that is deafened by a cacophony of those who think they speak for all.

God has called me to “fight” without malice, or hatred, or shaming, or ego, in a world that is fueled by all those things.

And then God spoke to my troubled soul with familiar words:

“Forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Love them, has I have loved you.
Light, however small, perseveres in darkness.
Love, which has no will to win-always does.

“Now,” God said, “Go out into the world I have created and called “good” and as you go act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with Me.”

Joy Sylvester-Johnson

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