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Advent 2021: Graduating In A Pandemic by Dorothy Gilliam


“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

-2 Timothy 2:15


13th Day After Christmas

January 7, 2022

Graduating In A Pandemic

My spiritual mentor, a woman from Trinidad, became annoyed that I sometimes forgot God’s many great blessings during my life. I had called her to pray with me when my l9-year-old granddaughter became ill and entered the hospital. My friend’s prayers were so deep I felt God pulled my granddaughter back from the brink of death. She is fine now and attending college.

My friend told me God says you should be a prayer warrior; not a worrier, given the multiple times God had answered my petitions.

I began to pray and ask God to help me graduate in my faith and in the Spirit. I prayed the promises, not the problems. I more consistently attended a prayer group, rarely missed Meditations with Metropolitan and our Sunday service. I learned to focus more on God and meditate and pray often to increase my conscious contact with God. When the Spirit speaks, I seek God’s will; praise and thank God always. I will never graduate, but praise God for ever increasing faith.


Heavenly Father, thank you for opening my eyes to your promises. Amen.

Sister Dorothy Gilliam

Steward Emeritus


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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