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Lent 2024: Bold Vision by Dana Williams


“So God led the people by the roundabout way of the wilderness bordering the Red Sea…” 

Exodus 13:18


February 15, 2024

Bold Vision

See this with me:  a formerly enslaved people, who had the audacity to follow their leaders to fight a powerful force marked not by charity but by chariots, not by peace but by war. Somebody believed God wanted their people to be free. But not everyone believed. There were duals between the believers and the non-believers. War led the people to the edge of the sea.


And amid this turmoil there were people who were determined to walk on water and seize a new day. I have been reminded in study and reflection that only the water walkers get to freedom. When the Red Sea stood up, the people determined to reach freedom were walking across water and as did Christ. 


Lent is as good a time as any to remember that Jesus’s birth allows us to be like him—to walk across water to get to freedom land. Our collective reflection during the season reminds us that water walking is not easy. But it is possible. When our mothers and our fathers experienced freedom without land, mule, or seed for the first time, they had to learn how to be a people beyond their bloodlines. If they were to thrive, their hopes and dreams had to be quilted into a patchwork of possibilities. God threads the needle, but we must stitch, or the blanket of freedom will not exist. It is not easy, but it is possible. During this season, let us work the stitches together to create the world intended by Jesus’s ministry and resurrection. 

                                                                Sister Dana Williams

Bethel 21 Historical Society


Prayer:  Lord, please guide our feet on this pilgrim’s journey.  Amen.


Lent 2024

We invite you to join us in reflection, meditation and prayer for a season of renewal, repentance and rejoicing from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.

Each day is a reflection representing the thoughts and aspirations of the members and friends of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church expressing what the season of Lent means to them.  Their wide range of perspectives describe how this time of renewal, repentance and rejoicing has been and will be used to focus on Jesus’ life, crucifixion and resurrection.

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




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