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Advent 2023: Peace in the Midst of it All by Sister Barbara Booker Wood


“For unto us a child is born, a son is given and the government will be upon His shoulder, And His

name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6 NRSVUE

December 11, 2023

As we celebrate this Advent Season, much of the news reports tell of unrest; conflicts in our nation,

nations around the world, division in families, churches, schools, and so much more that is negative.

For peace in the midst of all negative reporting, I have chosen to reflect upon and think of the spiritual

guidance and teachings received over my lifetime. Thus, with a heart of gratitude, I read and meditate

more on God’s Word; and share the good news of Jesus with family, friends and others. The scriptures

clearly explain the love of God and it takes me to another space of thinking of the blessings of His


Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with

thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all

understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Sister Barbara Booker Wood

Friend of Metropolitan A.M.E.


Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the scriptures that remind me where my focus should be

during Advent and always.


Advent Guide 2023

As we stand in expectation of peace on Earth and reflect on the events of our times and the lives of our brothers, sisters and siblings in Christ, we await change and new birth.

We seek, listen and perceive the presence of God in words of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.

We invite you to join us in meditation, reflection, prayer and spiritual disciplines throughout the season of Advent and beyond.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and reflect along with us offline.




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