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Lent 2021: Planning Ahead by James F. Robinson


“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”


-Proverbs 19:21


March 8, 2021


Planning Ahead

In my mind, I had planned to be done with the pandemic by this time. Sadly, we are in the most difficult stretch. Recently, I have been consumed by the number of deaths in the month of January 2021. I have been saddened by the deaths of Hank Aaron, Cicely Tyson, Larry King, and Retired African Methodist Episcopal Supervisor Dr. Theresa Gregg James, wife of Bishop Frederick C. James. From baptism through military service, I grew up under the exquisite leadership of Reverend and Mrs. James at Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church, Sumpter, South Carolina.


I recently talked to a dear friend who is going through life-altering health challenges. He shared that he had to have his son-in-law drive his (special) car to get an oil change. We commiserated on the loss of independence that comes with age and how our plans have to be altered oftentimes.


As you prepare for your Lenten plans, pray on all things. I am sharing with you this message from The Heartlight, “But we need to always live humbly recognizing that none of our plans will be of value unless those plans come from the Father.”


Prayer: Father, I pray that your will be done.



Brother James F. Robinson

Steward Emeritus

Lent 2021

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 their experiences.


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.


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