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Advent 2020: Because He Lives Part 2 by Thedford Collins


“Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”

-Luke 2: 9 – 11


3rd Day After Christmas

December 28, 2020

Because He Lives Part 2

Ten years ago for Advent, I used the same title, Because He Lives – I wrote then that I could not begin to think of Christmas without thinking of the wonderful gift God gave by giving us his son. Over the last ten (10) years that gift has become more meaningful to me. God’s gift has seen me through some difficult and happy times. My dear sister, Erma, went to join the ancestors, but my brother, Morrell, is recovering nicely from a debilitating stroke. Our daughter, Melanie, was diagnosed with cancer, but today is cancer free – her marriage since that diagnoses bought us two (2) additional grandchildren. My brother-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and seven (7) years later is still witnessing for God.

Without the wonderful gift of God’s only son, the gift that gave me/us a faith to believe all things are possible, I don’t know how I would have survived those challenges. I am thankful that through faith I have been able to celebrate the good times and successes. I am convinced that JESUS lives and touches our lives every single day. I will close as I did ten (10) years ago singing the song ‘’Because He Lives.”


Father, thank you for the gift of your son, Jesus.

Help me to live so others may see your glory in me.


Steward Thedford Collins

Steward Pro Tem


Advent 2020

Join us in a time of reflection, anticipation, and contemplation during the season of Advent 2020.

Each day a new reflection with a scripture and prayer will be posted on the Metropolitan AME Church website and social media to encourage you to hear the words of those reflecting, anticipating, and contemplating with you in community as we thank God for what God has done, notice what God is actively doing and anticipate what God will do next.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and write along with us offline. Chart and journal for yourself what God has done, what God is doing, and what God is illuminating for you in this season.



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