"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Advent Day 8
December 4, 2022
So, I Pray
This year has been difficult for me because certain personal occurrences have been hard to process. It’s been challenging to find the logic in why certain things have happened even though I have lived long enough to know that life is unpredictable and illogical. I have to keep reminding myself that there are very few things I can control and that I must continue to pray.
I pray for peace because when the Prince of Peace was born the heavenly hosts shouted, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!!” Luke 2:14.
I pray that we love one another because Jesus said “...You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39. Also, I pray that we all express the joy of knowing that God sent Jesus so that we can experience the joy of everlasting life.
Finally, during this Advent season let us all pray that we never lose hope and that we “Let your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” Psalm 33:22
Sister Barbara Farrow Jones
Prayer: Our Heavenly Parent, thank you for sending us Jesus and thank you for teaching us to pray. 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.
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