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Advent 2021: Anticipation by Reverend Moya Harris


“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

-Isaiah 43:18-19


8th Day of Advent

December 5, 2021


Anticipation in a pandemic is a different animal. As I have looked forward to things, I have had hesitation in my spirit. Is it fear that the world is going to be turned upside down again? Is it a dread that someone who I love might get sick and that I will have to drop everything to be at their side or attend a funeral? Anticipation is bigger than waiting for a particular present under the tree or anticipating an Amazon package delivery.

Anticipation in this pandemic is the notion that God is making all things new. That God is working in the midst of a pandemic, a crazy news cycle that is unending, or despite a bad diagnosis. I am anticipating God’s newness, God’s rebirth, God’s glory showing up in new and unusual ways… even in a pandemic. Be encouraged this advent season. Things are not as they seem.


Thank you God for the glimpses of newness every day. Amen

Reverend Moya Harris

Executive Minister


Advent 2021

Join us in a time of reflection, expectation, and contemplation during the season of Advent 2021.

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.



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