About the Author

Michelle Ami Reyes, PhD, is an author and activist. Her first book, Becoming All Things, is the recipient of the 2022 ECPA award. Michelle writes at the intersection of multiculturalism, faith, and justice. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.

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  1. Thank you for your heart for people of color who are suffering! How comforting to know that Jesus is truly the king of our imagined future. Actually, beyond what we can hope for or imagine! Blessings to you, Michelle. May God minister to your heart and bring you comfort.

    • Thank you, Penny! It can be hard at times to share these deep pains and longings. Grateful for this (in)courage community and the ways I get to journey with y’all with open hearts and hands.

  2. Michelle, thank you for articulating what I have been feeling for weeks following Chadwick Boseman’s passing. I have struggled to understand the grief I have been feeling as well. I am so grateful to you for tying the Black Panther to our true King, Jesus! Just reading your post has removed some of the heaviness I have been feeling and I plan to share this with others.

    • Terri! Thank you so much for commenting! I wrestled with writing this post or not — perhaps God prompted me to write this for you, friend. We are in this together. Making space for your grief and heavy heart alongside my own. Praying for you, sis.

  3. Jesus is the Bread of Life, the LIGHT of the world, the Door, the Good Shepherd, the Resurrection & Life, the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life and finally, the Vine!!!
    TRUTH (He is the ONLY ONE)!!!

  4. Thank you for sharing your heart Michelle. Things like what you shared make me see how more important than ever it is to saved. Skin color don’t come into. We can be well on minute sick the next. Then go to the Doctor. Who then sends us for more tests to our local Hospital. To be to told we have something like we have cancer it not going to get better. If that is you. We like Chadwick that you liked. It very sad. If we never get it we thank God. It still sad for us if we know of a family member or friend that has it or an illness that serious. It hard on everyone. We cry like you cried when you heard about Chadwick. I had my eldest cousin loose her first Husband to cancer. Then my Uncle years later died suddenly. They all left family behind. It sad. None of them saved. That is why I say it is so important to be saved. Keep praying for your unsaved family members. As no one knows from the minute you get up in the morning until you go bed at night if you will see the end of the day. But our future is no lost if we know the king of this world. That king is Jesus. Plus our families know Jesus. Hopefully they do. Then if we loose a love one. We might not have them on this earth anymore because of sickness or sudden death. But we still will miss them and have good memories of days spent together. If saved we can rejoice we will see them again. When our time on earth up. So we have not lost everything. The true king of the world Jesus will help us get through the saddness. No matter how long it takes. So if got a loved one or friend not saved keep praying for them. Living your life as follower of Jesus in front of them. One day your prayers will be answered. Don’t give up. Thank you for today’s reading. Xx

    • Dawn, I am so sorry to hear about the losses in your family. I can’t imagine the grief and heartache your family has gone through. Your words ring true today – we have not lost everything and Jesus journeys with us in our sadness. I’m so grateful that he meets us in these hard places.

  5. Michelle,

    This has been a tough year on many levels. There has been more civil unrest this year alone than in many years before. We as Christians need to do our best to point people to Christ. We need to love each other regardless of skin color, race, etc. Letting God’s light & love shine through us all the more. Perhaps we stem the tide of racial bigotry & hatred. Through prayer & the help of Jesus we can change our future & make it look brighter. It only takes a spark to get a fire going. That’s how it is with God’s love once you’ve experienced it you spread His love to everyone you want to pass it on. Let’s try to pass on more of God’s light & love in this sin darkened world.

    Blessings 🙂