Advent 2020: Peace in the Midst of Storms by Elaine Wilson
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.”
December 7, 2020
Peace In the Midst of Storms
In normal times we do our best to shut out the stresses of life and focus on making Christmas the most joyous time of the year. This year, with all the uncertainties surrounding the holiday season because of the pandemic, we will plan safe ways to celebrate the birth of our Savior with family and friends.
Jesus was not born into a world of beauty and joy. He came into a world of darkness. The Jewish people were living under the oppressive rule of Rome. They were being forced to go to the place of their birth to register for a census. For Joseph and Mary this meant traveling 100 miles by foot from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Jesus was born in a city where there was no room for Him, in a country ruled by King Herod who was obsessed with holding on to his position and power. His plan to destroy the baby Jesus was thwarted by the Magi.
Jesus did not come to shield us from the hardships of life, but to give us strength and courage to face them; not to exempt us from the storms we encounter, but to give us peace---His peace---so that we can calmly deal with them.
Dear Lord Jesus,
thank you for Your redeeming love and peace.
Sister Elaine Wilson
Women's Missionary Society
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.