Lent 2021: Hope Beyond the Darkness by Bryon & Sidra Garner
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
February 26, 2021
Hope Beyond the Darkness
Looking back on the past year, the list of losses is long. As a nation, we have lost giants of justice – Rep. John Lewis, Associate Justice Ginsberg, and others. Many have lost jobs; many have lost homes, and too many have lost their lives. While facing sadness, disruption, and loss, our family has remained prayerful. We have not allowed our own medical challenges, social isolation, or the fatigue and frustration caused by racial strife and general uncertainty to define us.
In this season, we are given the chance to pivot from fear and anxiety to hope and resiliency. The forces of darkness would like nothing better than for us to turn inward on ourselves — to live in fear or to second guess ourselves as we face our inflection points along this path. We serve a God of hope. We are given hope through our belief in His Son, Jesus Christ. For this reason, we can live boldly knowing we have hope and that while there may be dark days we can end each of those days in gratitude that the faith of our God always sustains each of us.
Prayer: Dear God, allow us to continue to see You even in times of darkness.
Brother Bryon L. Garner
Sister Sidra Smith-Garner
Member, United Voices Choir
Sons and Daughters of Allen
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.