Advent 2022: Birth Story by Jacqueline Brown Woody
“But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.”
- Galatians 1:15-16
Advent Day 20
December 16, 2022
Do you know your birth story? During a recent group discussion, this question was considered and we were asked whether we know our “Birth Story.” What were the circumstances or situations that surrounded how we came into this world?
In your story, who was present to welcome you? Was there joy, gladness, great anticipation or uncertainty, confusion, disappointment? Does your birth story shape or determine the direction of your life? While none of us have a choice regarding our birth, God had a singular purpose in creating each one of us. We did not just happen to our family or to the world.
During this Advent season we reflect upon the circumstances of Our Savior’s birth and remember how and why He came in human form to change a sin full world. He came to order our lives…in love, peace, hope, joy…and to be His witness. God’s great purpose and plan for our lives is revealed in the birth story of Jesus.
Sister Jacqueline Brown Woody
Friend of Metropolitan
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior. Thank you for your great love for us. Help us to live and walk purposefully, in the wonderful name of Jesus. 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.