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“You will be protected and take your rest in safety.”              

                                                   (Job 11:18)

 We humans spend a lot of time, and a lot of conscious thought, worrying about things.  It almost becomes second nature to have something to worry about.  We would never think of leaving the house without our keys, our money, and something for which to worry ourselves.  After all, if we got bored with the people we were with, we would still have our worries to keep us occupied.   But Jesus is very specific in telling us not to worry.  Look at the lilies in the field, the birds in the air.  And when you stop to think about it, the time we spend worrying could be used to much better use.  Think of all the things God has done for us and without our conscious awareness.  We have been protected, we have been watched over, prayed over, loved over.  What can worry do for us anyway, except perhaps use up our valuable present moments for no real reason?  Worry robs us of the now.  It robs us of the love of God working in our lives at this very moment. 

It is easy to say we should not worry, for most of us have much going on in our lives and all too often we are unsure of the pending outcomes.  But, perhaps there is one thing we can do when thoughts of worry begin to overtake us.  That is to stop, move our conscious thinking away from the worry and on to the realization that God is still right where we are.  Our minds can only focus on one thing at a time, so why not place that focus on the presence of God?  God’s arms are wrapped around us. See that, focus on that, instead of what might, what could, or what if.  We can replace our worried thoughts with those that affirm perfect and divine outcome is even now showing up in our lives.  Try it.  You will be blessed.

 Affirmation:  “I trust you God, so I have the assurance that all is well.”                            

 Rev. Jefferson Beeker

 Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall for a Contemporary worship and Praise service, “Acts of God.”  Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship.

Join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM in our beautiful Chapel for an hour of guided and silent meditation, communion and prayer. 

First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604.  http://www.fccnh.org