Faith Inspires Grit: Embracing the Spirit of Juneteenth

Faith Inspires Grit: Embracing the Spirit of Juneteenth
Genesis 6: 9-22
On Juneteenth, we reflect on what it means to have grit and its connection to struggles and triumphs throughout history. Grit requires not only the perseverance and passion to achieve long-term goals but also the determination and resilience to confront setbacks, challenges, or obstacles. No matter how long the journey, gritty people persist in their journey toward their goals by combining passion, perseverance, and a growth mindset.
Although the contexts differ greatly, Noah’s story and the experiences of Black enslaved people exemplify grit as they offer insights into resilience, faith, and endurance in adversity. Both narratives highlight the power of faith and determination in difficult circumstances. The indomitable spirit exhibited by Noah and Black enslaved people inspires us to endure and persist in challenging times.
Despite doubt and mockery, Noah persevered, completing a seemingly impossible project with unwavering faith. His story reminds us that faith inspires grit. When we step out in faith and obedience, we draw strength from Jesus as we navigate life’s challenges.
Enslaved people displayed incredible strength, resilience, and determination in the face of unimaginable adversity. Despite inhumane conditions, they preserved their culture, maintained their families, found moments of joy, and fought against all forms of oppression. Acts of resistance, clandestine schools, secret worship, support networks, and the preservation of cultural practices reveal Black resilience.
Heroes like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Sojourner Truth exemplify the extraordinary grit and courage displayed by Black people during slavery. Their commitment to freedom and justice inspires our understanding of human strength and resilience.
Recognizing the grit of Black people during slavery honors their contributions to the struggle for equality and justice. It reminds us of their enduring legacy and the ongoing fight against systemic oppression.
As we celebrate Juneteenth, we must remember that the work for equality continues. We must remain dedicated to fighting for justice, inclusion, and equal rights. It requires ongoing effort, education, awareness, and institutional change. By challenging biases, amplifying marginalized voices, and advocating for policies that address disparities, we can create a more just and inclusive society. It is not easy work, but Christ has called us, like Noah, to be gritty people who are willing to serve God by transforming the world and by loving our neighbor as we love ourselves.
To develop grit, we must embrace challenges as opportunities for growth; cultivate resilience and view setbacks as stepping stones towards a more inclusive future; engage in intentional practice to improve skills and contribute to a just society; and surround ourselves with a support system of like-minded individuals. In addition, we must foster self-discipline, maintain a positive mindset, practice gratitude and self-care, and, most of all, keep the faith.
Developing grit is an ongoing journey. As we celebrate Juneteenth year after year, let us reaffirm our commitment to justice, equity, and inclusion. May we persevere, pursue our goals, and advocate for a more just and inclusive society, knowing that our collective efforts sustain us in the face of adversity. Together, we can make a difference and create a more equitable future for all.
Written by Rev. Karline (Kay) Dubuisson





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