Running With Mark 23

Day Twenty-Three – January 20, 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Psalm 126 is a joy-filled song of praise for the good things God has done. The image of “mouths filled with laughter” is so vivid.


We’ve all experienced times in our lives when we’ve laughed so hard our bellies ached and our eyes leaked tears of joy. After those moments of such deep laughter, our bodies feel a physical release and a deep contentedness.

For today, think of some things that God has done in your life that have brought you that deep joy.


My family brings me joy. I remember being on a family vacation in Alaska one summer with my husband and all of our boys. There was a point at which I looked around at these five men that I loved, and I was overwhelmed with feelings of deep gratitude and joy.

Diverse babies sitting on the floor

Babies and children bring me joy. I love the photos from family court on the day of an adoption, or meeting a newborn baby and celebrating with the parents. I am that person in the grocery store that waves at toddlers and coos over babies in car seats.

It brings me joy to laugh at silly dog videos on Youtube.

It brings me joy to watch hugs and reunions at the airport.

What brings you joy?


Can you imagine the joy both in heaven and earth if the dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was finally fulfilled?


Click on the link below to watch Dr. King’s speech. Watch, as he with passion and purpose, points us toward a vision of God’s kingdom here on earth.

Visual Liturgy:  I Have a Dream Speech by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Free at Last

We Shall Overcome – Morehouse College Choir

Prayer Focus:
Racial reconciliation

Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins