Advent 2022: Working It Out by Marsha Turner Botts
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
- Matthew 11:28
Advent Day 9
December 5, 2022
Working It Out
After more than forty years of keeping house, it is no surprise that we have accumulated “stuff.” In this case, “stuff,” is worldly goods; some of which should have been discarded. I have learned to purchase less often and recently avoided buying a desk organizer when I realized that I had a basket that would serve the same purpose. I was very proud of myself for saving money and a shopping trip.
It is unfortunate that in life, we/I have often purchased or invested in extraneous worldly resources (stuff) to solve a problem. Christ is our greatest resource. Prayer and contemplation often yield marvelous results, but there is a lot of stuff that appears more attractive. Often it ends up being more costly as well.
Following scriptural advice requires discipline that sometimes challenges us, but it comes without a price tag. Advent is going to be followed by Christmastide and in our tradition, the season can be costly, dollar-wise and emotionally. Perhaps this can be the year of celebration without burden. Perhaps the celebration can be more adoration of the Christ and His powerful presence among us.
Sister Marsha Turner Botts
Love and Peace Unit/SAMS
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, this year, please help us to get it right. Less glitz and glut and more peace and sacred presence. 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.