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Advent 2020: Left Behind by Barbara Robinson


“And I will pray the Father and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.”

-John 14:16


10th Day After Christmas

January 4, 2021

Left Behind

One of my earliest and most painful memories occurred when I was 3or4 years old. My mother was taking my sister shopping for back-to-school clothes. I didn’t know this until my mother and sister were dressed and ready to go. As they were leaving I asked if I could go too. My mother said, “No”, but after a brief standoff, she relented and told me to go get a sweater. Off I went excited to join them, and returned to find them gone.

I was furious at being tricked and determined to vent my anger on their return. My grandma cradled me in her arms and comforted me. Later, in a quiet, forceful voice, she told my mother, “Don’t you ever do that to that baby again.” And my mother didn’t.

Grandma’s been gone for quite some time now. I still miss her unconditional love, fierce protection, and old –fashioned wisdom. She was my earthly comforter. How fortunate we are Jesus left us a divine comforter, the Holy Spirit, to guide and stay with us on our spiritual journey.


Heavenly Father, thank you for your son and His gift of the Holy Spirit.

Sister Barbara Robinson

Second Board of Stewards

Church School


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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