Advent 2020: Worship the Newborn King! by Betty Smoot
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.They saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him.”
11th Day After Christmas
January 5, 2021
Worship the Newborn King!
This year has been incredibly challenging and scary. Sometimes I feel that the bad things outweigh the good things. We lost good people who fought for justice, civil rights, and the freedoms we enjoy---Elijah Cummings, John Lewis, Ruth Bader-Ginsburg. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives drastically. We are staying at home, unable to enjoy face-to-face visits with our families and friends. Our livelihoods have been turned upside down with massive layoffs. Corruption and hatred are in the news from leaders and officials who express negative feelings and design policies that affect our lives.
Sometimes you may feel hopeless and sad; wondering how you are going to survive. However, I remind myself to continue to keep the faith and to trust Jesus as my Savior. I adore and worship Him. I consider my good things: a new granddaughter, good health, food to eat, my children and grandchildren are safe. God hears my prayers and grants me grace and mercy every day. When I stop and think, my good things outweigh the bad things.
I am looking forward to celebrating Jesus at Christmas!! His birth gives me hope and joy. I think about the wisemen following His bright star in the east to find the newborn king and worship Him. Jesus is our guiding star and will bring us out of the darkness of 2020.
Thank You God for the birth of Your son, Jesus Christ.
He is the guiding light in our lives.
Sister Betty Smoot
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.