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Lent 2022: Saying No by Reverend Thomas A. Brackeen, Jr.


“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

-Psalm 19:14


March 31, 2022

Saying "No"

Usually, as we approach this season I am asked, “What are you giving up for Lent?” Often, I do not have an immediate answer. I want to be intentional; not cliche and pick something that sounds good.

This year is different. Immediately, in quiet time with God, I realized the sacrifice I needed to make this year was saying “yes” less. That’s right; “no” is a complete sentence. I am gifted and passionate about many things, but I am realizing that I cannot do everything. Saying “no” sometimes helps maintain mental health by incorporating balance and spiritual practices in your life. Saying “no” avoids floating in the dangers of ministry burnout. Saying “no” also will enable you to hear the voice of God while sitting quietly and drowning out the noise of “so much to do.”

Saying “no” allows you to stop lying to yourself and others by saying, “I can fit it in my schedule,” but you really cannot. Saying “no” creates boundaries and eliminates unrealistic expectations that you and others have set with your time. Saying “no” prevents addiction to the feeling of being wanted and desired by everyone because you are trying to fill a void that only God can fulfill. Saying “no” will certainly disappoint and upset some people, but it could save your life spiritually


Heavenly Parent, May our words be received without damage to the giver and receiver. Amen.

Reverend Thomas A. Brackeen, Jr.

Youth and Families Minister


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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