Lent 2021: A Time of Penance by Carlos Botts
"Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer, Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless - cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: If words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything - encores to the end of time. Oh, Yes!"
-1 Peter 4:7-11
The Message Translation
February 22, 2021
A Time of Penance
Dear Almighty Creator,
Forgive me for believing that I was superior to anyone else and believing I was less than.
Forgive me for accumulating stuff because of my pride or insecurities,
Forgive me for entertaining the Betrayer because of my greed or lust
Forgive me for objectifying you to have it my way or my neighbor for my gratification.
I’m sorry for not seeing me through your eyes, or hearing the cries of your people through your ears; for not planting a healing touch on Mother Earth through your hands.
I pray that you bend my will into your Holy Will such that one will have difficulty discerning where one ends, and the other begins.
Ultimately, help me love like you love.
Brother Carlos Botts
Mighty Men of Metropolitan
United Voices Choir
The members and friends of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
have written their devotions and reflections on the impact of the season of Lent
in their lives. Each testimony in the booklet is a personal reflection of the
We welcome you on this journey with us as we discuss our sacrifices and hope
that some aspect of the scripture, reflections, or prayers will inspire you as you
experience the season.
Read along with us each day or download the book to read along with us offline. May God bless and keep you throughout this season of reflection.