Advent 2020: Seek to See God's Face by Carlos Botts
"When they heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.”
12th Day After Christmas
January 6, 2021
Seek to See God's Face
Metropolitan’s Men’s Church School rotates facilitators among its attendees, guaranteeing at least one person, besides Superintendent Tilman Gerald, has not only read but studied the lesson.
One Sunday, Brother Jules began our virtual class with this question, “Where did you see God this past week?” That simple inquiry pricked my soul such that I intentionally look for evidence of God’s presence in my life and the world around me.
A quite noble and frightening encounter hit me in the gut this past August. As the COVID pandemic was raging, a loved one entered a regional jail to serve a 30-days sentence. I had concerns about how he would avoid contacting the COVID-19 virus? He prayed. His family and friends prayed for his protection. God not only shielded him from the virus but provided opportunities for him to witness and encourage others, including some who professed no belief in God. “ I saw God in them, in how they cared for each other, esp. how some mentored the more vulnerable and inexperienced.”
Merciful God, as a child, I asked Jesus to wait until I got back because I was about to be disobedient.
Now, I desire to feel and see Your presence in all I do and experience.
Like the Wise Men, I journey to see You face to face and that gives me joy!
Brother Carlos Botts
Mighty Men of Metropolitan
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.