I had a minister growing up who preached a sermon one Sunday that has forever stayed with me. He said the next time we go to God in prayer try only saying “thank you.” Don’t ask for anything, just say “thank you.” In saying a “thank you” prayer you continually list all the things for which you are grateful. It’s a powerful prayer that not only affirms God’s grace in our lives, but it opens our eyes and hearts to see our blessings in abundance. It makes sense. If we constantly dwell upon the things we see as negative in our lives those are going to be the things on which we remain focused. In counting our blessings we set the stage in consciousness to recognize the power of God in new and exciting ways. Irving Berlin wrote a great song called, “Count Your Blessings.” The lyric ends with, “and I fall asleep counting my blessings.” What a wonderful way to rest in the security of God.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
(Colossians 3: 13-16)
Affirmation: “I bathe in God’s light and all things become perfect, whole and complete.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall for our 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.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. www.fccnh.org
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