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Lent 2024: In His Hands by Steward Marie C. Johns


“But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” 

Jeremiah 18:4  


March 4, 2024

In His Hands

I was talking to a fellow church sister recently when she referenced Jeremiah 18. I was moved to read the entire chapter and Verse 4 truly settled in my spirit.

In thinking about my Lenten meditation and what was in my heart to share, the passage reinforced the very personal nature of our relationship with our Lord and Savior. As with Jeremiah, our God knows us before He forms us in our mothers’ wombs. He continues to shape us throughout our lives, correcting the marred places and reshaping them and us into something, someone better.

I think of the condition of our world, communities, families and lives. All are marred in myriad ways. Nations warring, communities fractured, families unstable, individuals unmoored … all indications of a world that seemingly has forgotten the source of our strength, direction and purpose.

During this Holy Season, my prayer is that we reflect on why Christ died on a rugged cross. He died to save our sin sick world. Surrendering to the Potter’s wheel, will and design for our lives is our only hope for creating a world that is pleasing in our Creator’s sight. Thank you, Anita.

                                              Steward Marie C. Johns

Pastor's Steward


Prayer: Father/Mother God, thank you for your infinite blessings in my life. I know that only in your hands will I be a vessel for your glory. Please continue to shape my marred being. In Jesus’ name I pray, 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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