Advent 2020: Divinely Ordered by Reverend Dr. Sandra Shands-Strong
"Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever…. "
December 24, 2020
The endless, yet specific movement of the earth, stars, celestial bodies, creation, and regeneration of life, under conditions that seemingly cultivate death, invites attention. That gravity sustains creation in a divinely ordered pattern validates an existence of a power greater than man. Thus, in the power of that existence, Isaiah prophesied (between 740-680 BC) to Northern Israel emphasizing their neglect of God and their disregard for ways of divinely ordered precepts of the True and Living God, in their daily interactions with others. Yet, the people blinded by their allegiance to other gods, would not hear the prophetic words spoken by Isaiah and were taken into captivity by the Assyrians.
Isaiah prophesized about, “a son, ….and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. . Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah, 9:6-7) Yet, the people would not hear the Word of God, from Isaiah.
God of Wisdom, we pray that during this Advent Season of 2020, we will hear and actively receive your divinely ordered will, not only for our lives and our community but for the global community, at large.
In Jesus Name, we pray.
Reverend Dr. Sandra Shands-Strong
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.