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BY DONALD SCHERSCHLIGT

February 1, 2019
Speaking sacred truth to power every day.
The Resistance Prays newsletter gets a rebrand!
“Sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” - Colossians 3:16-17 (The Message)
I’d been subscribed to The Resistance Prays for almost a year, I think, before I took the leap to join the writing team. I didn’t think I had that much to say, much less something to say that could guide others in prayer and action. But every day, I received the newsletter, and every day, I prayed, and every day I felt a small tug, a nudge of my heart, urging me to get involved more deeply with this newsletter. So I did. And as I began to write for The Resistance Prays, I discovered a forgotten well of passion for my faith, a renewed sense of joy in my resistance to Trumpism.

I’m also a graphic designer, and I didn’t hesitate to say yes when Guthrie asked me to help redesign this newsletter and build a brand identity for The Resistance Prays. You’re looking at it right now. You’ll notice the bold colors, angular fonts and illustrations, and bright, action-oriented images. I wanted to drive home the need for all of us readers to continue acting, praying and resisting. Hopefully, the visuals of this letter stir that drive within you.

I’ve found so much joy by getting more deeply involved as a volunteer for The Resistance Prays. I’ve honed old skills and discovered new ones. As we read in Colossians up above, we are invited to sing our hearts out to God, to let every detail of our lives be done, joyfully, in the name of Jesus. It’s important to note that Jesus doesn’t demand perfection. You don’t need to be the best or smartest or most eloquent writer or speaker or activist to get involved with the resistance.

Jesus doesn’t need perfection. Jesus just needs us to turn our small nudges of the heart into prayerful actions. Jesus needs us to do whatever we do fully: to sing our hearts out, write our hearts out, pray our hearts out, resist our hearts out.
Consider what you can bring to The Resistance Prays to help this ministry continue to grow. Can you write? Can you support our Patreon? Can you share this newsletter with your friends via email or social media? The possibilities are endless, so bring your deep passions and your open hearts to the table. You won’t regret getting involved.

If you’re too busy to do more, that’s okay. But keep reading, keep acting, and keep praying for justice and for resistance and for truth. Every day counts. That’s something this newsletter taught me.
Good God, inspire within us the motivation and courage to go further in our resistance, to get more deeply involved with the ways in which the Spirit is calling us to act. You know our hearts, you know our minds, you know our deepest desires and passions. Tug us, God, in the direction you want us to move, so that we may joyfully and passionately follow your lead. Amen.
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