Advent 2020: Keeping the Joy and Hope of Christmas by Greta Kendrick
"But when the right time came, the time God decided on, he sent his son, born of a woman."
December 25, 2020
Keeping the Joy and Hope of Christmas
Civil unrest, a deadly pandemic, and vile political gamesmanship sadly reflect the state of our world. But what of Christmas? I can’t speak for you but I’ve had many silent nights over the past months spent wondering: where is God? Some days I felt as if God had gone MIA and the world had just gone straight to hell. But as I sat to compose this reflection, I came back to Christmas. It forced me to refocus, and appreciate the true meaning of Christmas and God’s apparent silence: God may be silent, but he’s not absent.
Scripture teaches that God moves in mysterious ways and His thoughts are not ours. After a few weeks of not knowing how we would celebrate Christmas and hold on to its joy and hope, I have drawn my own conclusion: In the midst of our current circumstances, God is staging the world to receive and spread the message of the birth of his son, our Savior. God is reminding us of the joy and hope that we have in Jesus. Thus, we have more reasons than ever to celebrate and thank God. Let us remember: we have the joy and hope of Christmas and his name is JESUS.
Father, we just want to say Thank You - In Jesus’ name Amen.
Steward Greta L. Kendrick
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.