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Lent 2022: Lessons Learned by Jacqueline Woody


…for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you to serve and testify to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you.”

-Acts 26:16


March 8, 2022

Lessons Learned

During the past two years, it is likely that each of us has participated in a celebration of life, a homegoing, a time to say the final goodbye to loved ones, family, friends, beloved ancestors, or others we may have admired from afar; be they respected public servants or celebrities. On these occasions, I become reflective as I listen to the accolades, the memories, and insights about the unique, often untold, gifts each person possessed and used in ways to bless others.

What about that person’s life will I most remember and embrace as a life lesson for me? In every person we love, meet, or encounter, there is a learning opportunity to see God’s divine plan.

We can learn from the lives of others to see the love of Jesus. We can learn grace, humility, sacrifice, generosity, purpose, and peace. We can learn how God shows His love through the inspiring, teachable lives of everyday people.


Dear Lord, Thank you for the testimonies of the celebrated lives we have known. Most of all, thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ who lived a life of sacrifice, for his dying and resurrection to offer us eternal life. Thank you for your great love toward us. Amen

Jacqueline B. Woody

Friend of Metropolitan


Lent 2022

We invite you to join us on a 40-day journey of prayer, financial sacrifice, physical activity, and spiritual connection.

Each day a new reflection with a scripture and prayer will be posted on the Metropolitan AME Church website and social media to encourage you as we prepare for Resurrection join us as we are reminded, awakened to the great power of God within us, and connect to our role in building with God a world of justice.

Read along with us each day or download the book to read and write along with us offline.



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