A Chicago-based pastor has been showered with praise after hosting a thriving Bible study group.
In photos shared on Facebook, newly ordained pastor Aaron Musser, whose parish is at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Logan Square, could be seen teaching the Bible to children while wearing a blonde wig, a dress and make-up.
Speaking to Facebook, Musser wrote: “Today we reflect on what it might be like to have a dress rehearsal for the kind of joy that awaits us on the other side of Advent.”
It’s been so hard to know what that joy will be, because it’s been so long since some of us have been joyful. These two years have been difficult and tiring.
And I decided that instead of telling you “this is how I want you to be happy” as we prepare for this dress rehearsal, I thought I’d put on a dress instead like so many people who inspired me did. I decided to follow their lead, showing that freedom from oppressive laws paves the way to joy.
The Lutheran pastor, who was ordained last summer, went on to admit that ‘allowing yourself to feel joy can be scary’, remarking, ‘I wasn’t sure how the outside world would treat me when they saw me this morning. Joy is difficult to feel, it is vulnerable. But isn’t it so beautiful?
Many praised Musser for posting this message with one person commenting, “These photos beam with joy like a beacon calling us to the holiness of Advent.”
Another wrote that it felt like a “joy-filled Sunday”, while a third thanked Musser for “sharing your wonderful, beautiful, real and genuine story”.