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Lent 2021: Thy Will Be Done by Marie Johns


“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – God’s good, pleasing and perfect will.”


-Romans 12:12


March 9, 2021


Thy Will Be Done

In addition to the oppressiveness of pandemic, winter and isolation, I have been struggling with a significant business problem. Circumstances beyond my control sprang up and threatened my enterprise that I have diligently worked to cultivate over the past several years. I have experienced a range of emotions… anger, exasperation, and a numbing sense of uncertainty. Truly, I was fearful that I had reached a hurdle that I simply could not clear.


As a “church lady,” I know many expressions that are deeply ingrained and shared.

“God is good!”

“Hold on to God’s unchanging hand!”

“Let go and let God!”


It was only when I truly let go and gave my problem to God that I experienced a breakthrough. I tried to fix the problem myself, without first seeking divine guidance. When I earnestly told God that I was at the end of my rope, God stepped in. I was blessed with clarity and a focus that had eluded me. The storm has not passed, but I have a sense of peace.


This Lenten season, I seek a closer connection to God. I will work toward a real renewing of my mind through more prayer and study. I know that when I seek God’s guidance instead of being distracted by worldly patterns, I will be steps closer to walking in God’s perfect will for my life.


Prayer: Dear God: I thank and praise you for the precious gift of Jesus Christ, the promise of the resurrection and the renewing gift of the Holy Spirit. Amen



Steward Marie Johns

Pastor's Steward

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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