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Lent 2024: Requirements by Brother Bryon L. Garner, Ph.D


“For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.”

Romans 8:7


March 21, 2024


When we are not hungry for justice and equality, it often means we are lulled into complacency and miss the opportunity to ask ourselves if we are in alignment with God’s will for us. We live in a time that requires courage and sacrifice to protect our families, communities, and country. This means that we must become used to being uncomfortable; we must shed the thinking that we are too tired or too busy to do what needs to be done.

Are we looking inward and checking our alignment with God? Are we willing to sacrifice our time and our comfort today to make tomorrow better? Reflect on this thought: If any of us has ever wondered what we would have done during slavery, during the holocaust, or the civil rights movement, you are doing it right now.

Christ’s path through the days leading to His ultimate sacrifice was speaking the truth of His and our lived experiences in a fearful world – sacrificing today to make tomorrow better. His life, as well as his sacrifice, was in the practical, everyday activities as well as his submission to God’s law.

Brother Bryon L. Garner, Ph.D

Veterans Council


Prayer: Holy Parent, bless us in this season where sacrifice and challenge are required.  I pray our actions are aligned with your will for us.


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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