Advent - November 30th

By Rev. Denise Cunningham-Doggett - Tuesday November 30, 2021

Tuesday, November 30th


Denise Cunningham DoggettCan You Imagine a King?

During this Advent season, it allows me an opportunity to reflect and meditate on the hymns of the church.  As a minister of the gospel, we represent Christ, to a dying world.  But what does that look like in this season of a pandemic?  What does it look like in time as this when some may not think that we need a Savior.

The scripture God has encouraged me is Luke 2:34; “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Isreal.

My song of encouragement for today is:  “What Child is This?”

Song lyrics state:

What child is this, who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleepng?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste to bring him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary

When I listen to the music it makes me imagine and ponder what a King looks like.  Can you imagine the royalty and the expectation of the arrival of a King? Some people might not have been looking for him in a high plush palace with many rooms and servants to take care of him.

But as the narrative reminds us in the gospels is that Jesus was born in a lowly manger and was taken care of by the animals and was tended to by the shepherds in the field.  He had the best choir or praise team with the angels rejoicing.   As a baby he was found wrapped in swaddling clothing with his parents, Mary and Joseph, and he was lying in a manger.  During the Advent season, I am reminded that Jesus was born to die for our salvation, and for that I still stand in awe.

Here we are in 2021, can we imagine, “What Child is This?   This child was born to heal the broken hearted and save the world.  As believers we are encouraged to share his love with those that need to know His love.

Let us continue to share the true meaning of hope, peace, joy and love during this Advent season.  Waiting for the arrival of these attributes are shown in humility in sharing God’s love.  As believers, we have to activate our faith to show love to God’s people.  In my personal life, I am a bi-vocational pastor.  I work full-time with homeless people and also minister the gospel.  I have the unique joy to share the everyday concerns of people who sometimes can be challenged because of the issues of life due to poverty, drug addiction and mental health issues.  God continues to reveal to me how to share the love of God   I am motivated by the song lyrics that state: Haste, haste (which means excessive speed or urgency of movement of action, hurry), which excites me to do it now.  During this Advent, right now focus on how can show the humility of Christ with more hope, peace, joy and love?  God will reveal to you during this Advent season areas of our life that we can practice hospitality to show God’s love.

Throughout this pandemic, we have been blessed by God’s protection and love.  Let us continue to honor the Baby Jesus, as a King of King, and a Lord of Lords.  Let us continue to meditate on His goodness and prepare to celebrate this Christmas morning that This! This is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing, Haste, haste to bring Him laud, The Babe, The Son of Mary.”

Rev. Denise Cunningham-Doggett
Bethany Christian Church in Cleveland, OH where, Rev. Dr. Robin Hedgeman is Senior Pastor


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