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Advent 2023: With Faith God Prevails by Sis. Celeste M. Bryant


"No weapon formed against thee shall prosper."

Isaiah 54:17 NRSVUE

Ninth Day After Christmas

My 93-year-old mother is sometimes paranoid and confused; occasionally targeting me as the

enemy. I gained weight during the pandemic that must be managed. A genetic mutation

predisposes me to many life-threatening cancers. A double mastectomy was planned and had to

be postponed when I broke my ankle and leg.

After a year, some days, I can barely walk. Did the devil do this? Did some demon push me on

the stoop where I broke my leg and ankle? Self-doubt, anxiety, anger. Woe be unto me; moods

lay in wait poised to cease me. The "devil" will delight and revel if I let him. Or do I glorify the

days I can walk and thank God there is a dodge to the breast cancer that could knock on my

door? Should I be thankful that there is surveillance that may prevent other cancers from taking

hold? Do I celebrate that surgery might heal my ankle? Do I praise God because my mother is

still living and we still laugh, go to shows and watch movies together and (most of the time) her

mind is intact?

The "devil" is in the mix, but the choice is mine whether to let him manifest and rule me. I have

supportive family, friends, church, and calling, and I pray that I am actualizing my purpose in

alignment with God's intention! God will see me through, and I will strive daily to honor my


Sister Celeste M. Bryant

WIN Justice Ministry

Married Couples Ministry


Prayer: Lord, Help us honor the advent of your birth as a time to lift up our blessings and honor

your reign in our lives. Amen


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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