“But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.”
17th Day After Christmas
January 11, 2022
For An On-Time God
On June 20, 2021, Dr. Kenyatta Gilbert was the messenger on Father’s Day at First Baptist Church of Manassas. He preached from Luke 15: 11-32 for his message “No Love Lost” and explained it to mean, “you cannot bankrupt my love.”
This is the story about the prodigal son. My son had left the state in pursuit of his love for tennis, had been gone for many years. In waiting, I asked friends to pray.
I listened to Dr. Gilbert’s message on that Father’s Day and the following words stayed with me: “lost, having left the security of home, it’s not that one leaves, it’s how one leaves.” “Sheep wander, helpless, don’t know they are.” He made the distinction between lost coins and lost sons. “Lost sons, that’s different.” That morning, my son had sent me a text message, “Happy Father’s Day (ma). I love you so much and I’m sorry.” Waiting. God sent me a message through a malleable vessel.
Mother, Father God I heard your voice through Minister Kenyatta, “you cannot bankrupt my love.” May you give us strength through this current pandemic, as we wait.Yes, in Advent we wait for the anticipated arrival. Amen
Sister Nomvuyo Qubeka
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.
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