Advent 2020: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Reverend Aisha Karimah
“I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.”
December 17, 2020
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
I love music, especially seasonal music. One song, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” celebrates the happiness and joy we feel in my home during the twin seasons of Advent and Christmas.
While the song never mentions Advent, it does reference Christmas. This song and others fuel expectations and excitement for the upcoming Christmas season. This year, during the COVID pandemic, with so much sickness and death and social distancing, we must still remain hopeful. Our Advent observance is more individualized and very personal. Each Sunday as we light one of the four symbolic candles, it is an opportunity to thank God for Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.
It is during this special time of Advent that we prepare ourselves to celebrate and appreciate the gift of Jesus. We are reminded that our Hope, Peace, and Joy are all built on the unconditional Love of Jesus. Advent is that time given to us as a reminder that everything we have, and all that we are, is because of Jesus. While each of us may look forward to receiving money and material gifts, our gratitude must first center on the wonders of Jesus.
The one major musical -oratorio that sets the right tone for the season is the “Hallelujah Chorus” from “The Messiah”. “King of Kings, forever and ever, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” Yes, I really do declare that for my household and me, it really is “the most wonderful AND sacred time of the year.”
Thank you, Lord for the opportunity to sing your praises and celebrate you, Amen.
Reverend Aisha Karimah
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.