Advent 2022: Is This It? by James Robinson
“but examine everything carefully and hang on to what is good.”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:21 NRSVUE
Advent Day 11
December 7, 2022
Is This It?
Am I the only one who continues to struggle with the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic? As we enter Advent, we look forward to the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior.
For some reason, the funeral services for Mother Estella McLean Speaks triggered in me a reflection on my Metropolitan's of yesterday. I suppose it was the assemblage of the Voices of Inspiration, the presence of Brother Keith Derrick, and the joyous music of our past. I thought of some of the things I miss --- choir and clergy processionals, flags and flag bearers, chancel duty, hymnals and Bibles in the pew racks, church bulletins, the call to worship, the Apostles’ Creed, the opening hymns, hymns of preparation, the annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah… And, of course, the multitude of ways chicken could be prepared at the various organizations’ Christmas parties.
As much as I would happily reflect on the people and times of my yesterday, I am awakened to my today. Will Roger's declared, “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today." I thank God for this opportunity to witness Advent 2022.
Brother James F. Robinson
Prayer: In the name of Jesus, let us walk together and not get weary. Rejoice in the name of The Lord for the things He has done. Rejoice I say, rejoice! 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.