Lent 2021: Waiting for the Embrace by Joan Oxendine
“Therefore with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.”
-1 Peter 1:13
March 5, 2021
Waiting for the Embrace
The Coronavirus pandemic has changed our whole lifestyle. We are required to protect ourselves by wearing masks, keeping distances from others, avoiding large gatherings, washing our hands and using disinfectant on all surfaces. We can no longer embrace our loved ones, children, grandchildren, friends and acquaintances. We can hardly wait for this all to end.
So it is with our lives, as we wait for the coming of our Lord. Jesus came to show us how we are to live while we wait for him to collect and embrace his own. We practice loving our neighbor as ourselves, feeding the hungry, praying for the sick, visiting the prisoner, reaching out to those who are shunned.
“You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.”
-2 Peter 3: 11-13.
Prayer: Heavenly Father/Mother, we thank you for the opportunity to serve, we thank you for the blessing of good health. Forgive us for our sins and help us to do your will. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Sister Joan W. Oxendine
Sarah Allen Missionary Society
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.