In the Holy Week, fear and disbelief are expressed

In the Holy Week, fear and disbelief are expressed ...

Will Thomas, a Madison-born man living and working in Washington, DC, is a Madison-born child.

As per the Bible or otherwise, I am not a fan of this kind of suspense. I am, unfortunately, the kind of person who reads the Wikipedia plot summary of a film before it comes to life. I help myself get through the story with my nerves intact.

This year, I have done my best to replicate the Holy Week stories and wear myself in the shoes (well, sandals) of Jesus' families who have been pleading for love for three years? How would I feel about a group of people involved in splicing and dicing ancient rules and regulations chasing down my friend who had been talking about his death continuously for weeks? I would never express fear. This year, I am concerned about how the people surrounding Jesus are palpably scared, for themselves and their friends. Outside

People with ancient (and new, increasingly persnickety) rules about what we can and can and should and should do. Most of us just want to be left alone and loving our friends and families in the ways we see fit and participate in loved relationships. But outside forces often get in the way, instilling fear where there should not be any while they profit politically.

I think about those in Alabama who are concerned about anti-LGBTQ and non-trans laws that went through the State Legislature, too. I think about parents who are afraid about their future, or if they will have one in their own homes. There is no reason for these people to enjoy a happy ending, and there is no guarantee of a happy ending. I see the fear of the Disciples and associates of Jesus in them, too.

Jesus tells the people who surround him that while his soul is troubled about the consequences to come, they would be glorified to God's benefit, and that there will be an even greater victory to come. His friends remain inconfident, scared, and angry. Their fear is far from the joy they will experience in a few days.

We know the ending of Jesus' story. He is lifted up from the earth, and through his grace, he seeks to draw all people to himself with love. Easter is a journey through which all humankind is redeemed and united in God's love that knows no boundaries. He is glorified and he will be glorified once more, and he demonstrates us a new way of living. On occasions other than Easter, we would only make the assumption that this truth should be remembered.

While I do not know about the ending of the stories of many of my LGBTQ siblings in Alabama, I know that through this dark night we will endure, as we have for centuries. We will band together in love to organize and care for each other even though we are afraid. And that our oft-maligned lives will be glorified as long as we concentrate on loving one another, and that we will be glorified again as we demonstrate our new understanding of our culture.

Alabama lawmakers added their own 'Don't Say Gay' amendment to a bill previously intended to target the state's LGBTQ population. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey. AL.com and Reckon were asked questions from those affected by the legislation and will now publish a selection of essays. Each week, subscribe to the Reckon newsletter ".

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