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Advent 2021: Joy in Reflection by Reverend Thomas Brackeen, Jr.


“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

-Psalm 16:11


14th Day of Advent

December 11, 2021

Joy in Reflection

During this time, I often reflect on the journey that God has designed for me. I am amazed by the choices I have made every step of the way as I practice hearing God’s voice. I admit there are times I failed in this area. Many times, I stopped to ask others their thoughts about what I should be doing. Other times people made suggestions about where I would excel or suggested footsteps I should follow. Although, I knew their intentions were good, I realized that every time I followed someone else’s directions for my life, I failed miserably. I learned that God’s voice was the voice I needed to seek first to understand the path that he had for me.

I like to meditate on my favorite scripture, Matthew 6:33; “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” This is a reminder for me to take joy in the steps that God has ordered in my life. It gives me the confidence that no matter how tough life may appear, I can always sit in God’s presence for answers in my life.


Heavenly Father, thank you for designing a framework for my life. Amen

Reverend Thomas A. Brackeen, Jr.

Youth and Families 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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