Advent 2022: Advent - A Season of Intention by Greta Kendrick
“He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of his will”
- Ephesians 1:5
Advent Day 16
December 12, 2022
Advent - A Season of Intention
Every few years a new catch phase begins to trend. “Unprecedented” is one such word of the pandemic era. More recently, a new word began to trend -- "intentional” -- a decision to act with purpose for a specific outcome.
It is Advent again. For some of us, myself in particular, I concluded that to celebrate the light of the world, I must be intentional in acknowledging the disappointments in my journey this past year and then, release them. This doesn’t mean to forget or pretend that unfortunate events occurred, but to be intentional in acknowledging, yes, it happened, but God was still with me through it all. I still have joy.
The joy of Advent requires an open heart to be reminded of God’s gift of love. An intentional Christmas experience requires an examination of the heart, a desire to feel hope, and to claim the gift of redemption through Jesus. In acting with intention, we can realize Advent’s aim, which is God’s love and promise to be with us through eternity.
Steward Greta Kendrick
Senior Steward Board
Prayer: Gracious God, during this season of Advent, we seek your presence. We acknowledge your Son, our savior, and intentionally set aside those things that would hinder our focus on the hope and joy of this season. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
We invite you to join us during the Advent season as we reflect on the virtues of Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love; as we anticipate Christ's birth; and prepare our hearts to receive him.
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 as we prepare.
Read along with us each day or download the book to read and reflect along with us offline.