Advent 2021: The Blessing of the Remnant by Benoit Brookens


"In that day, the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath, and from the islands of the Mediterranean."

-Isaiah 11:11

5th Day of Advent

December 2, 2021


The Blessing of the Remnant


During Advent, we often reflect on the Birth of Christ—Mary and Joseph, filled travel lodges, and a manger to rest the newborn baby Jesus, the Christ. The modern church often loses the message of hope and vision of the second coming of Christ when that message is eclipsed by holiday festivities, Christmas sales, and gift giving.


For those of us who regularly attend Church School or participate in the AME Lay Organization, this year’s Christmas message will be presented in the “Justice, Law, History” theme. However, for the rest of us—the realities of the Christmas message—may be ultimately unexplained, in the meaning and message of the Second Coming of Christ.


In this Scripture, I see me and my people—Lower Egypt, Cush, Hamath, and the Islands of the Mediterranean—beyond the then known world within the Lord’s outstretched hand, “a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people…”


Reflection: In our journey from Africa to America little did we know, in our suffering and uncertainty, that the remnant would embrace the greater vision of Advent.



Prayer


Lord, Bless the Remnant.


Brother Benoit Brookens

Church School

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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