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Advent 2020: Hope in the time of Uncertainty and Despair by Jocelyn Harris


“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. ”

-Romans 12:12


December 4, 2020

Hope in Time of Uncertainty and Despair

The first candle of Advent is Hope. The light of hope brightens dark places. Jesus, the Messiah brought hope and blessings to the world. Christ came and our hope is in Him, sure and steadfast, an anchor for the soul. (Hebrews 6:19)

Seeking God’s direction, job offers, answers to prayers, or responses from someone you love involves waiting. Cures and relief from the devastation of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the abolition of racism, and a reprieve from political unrest are the ultimate desires of waiting during this Advent Season. Hope in Christ gets us through waiting.

When we go through trials in life, don’t be discouraged. Know that God is with and will help us. Hope will enable us to go the distance. Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.(Romans 5:5) Put your hope in Christ, he will not disappoint. Be strong and take heart; wait for the Lord; he is our help and shield. (Psalms 31:24a, 33:20) May the God of hope fill us with joy and peace as we trust in him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Hope gets us through waiting, enables us to go the distance, and does not disappoint us.


Heavenly Father,

instill in us Hope that brightens the world during these times of uncertainty and despair.

Fill our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit with joy and peace to withstand and endure the challenges of life.


Trustee Jocelyn Y. Harris

Pastor's Bible Study


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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