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Lent 2024: Love Demonstrated by Sis. Marsha Turner Botts


“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13


February 27, 2024

Love Demonstrated

I can recall few scriptures that point to Jesus receiving love during his ministry.  When preparing his followers for his impending death, he demonstrated how they should treat each other in love and relate to those persons who they hoped to attract to “the way.” But how often did he receive love.  His loving and very concerned parents “lost” the pre-teen Jesus as they travelled and he returned to the temple for tutoring and teaching. Mary of Magdala cleansed his tired, soiled feet with an expensive perfume and dried his feet with her hair.  She was chastised by the apostles for her charity.

The Love & Peace Unit of SAMS suffered an unexpected death last spring when Sister Verna Brogden transitioned.  Her death “shook us” and has been followed by daily exhibitions of love among members.  Each day you can depend on one of the sisters initiating a texting chain of affirmations; causing cell phones to “ping” with agreement or a follow-up message. Modern technology has made it possible for us to check-in and deliver “love notes” even when we do not call or visit. In sharing these notes, we include Jesus in the fold; remembering to keep the love flowing until we, too, meet our maker.

                                                     Sis. Marsha Turner Botts

Love & Peace Unit/SAMS


Prayer: Heavenly Parent, you have set the example.  Help us to be steadfast followers.  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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