Reading again the Christmas story is always a wonderful way to set the stage for us to receive the Christmas season. As I read again these wonderful words of scripture, and the story of this tiny baby in a stable, my thoughts can’t help but rush forward to our world today. It would be too easy to keep the Christmas story in one place and time. But the Christ is more than just a story of his birth.
Driving to the church today I looked up into the sky and was amazed at the beauty of the clouds and the sun shining through them. Surely the presence of the Christ is all around us, now and forever. The air is soft this morning and crisp with a cool breeze breaking through the warmth. Surely the presence of the Christ is right here in the movement of the wind, now and forever. I hear soft and sweet voices of children in our church school being raised in laughter and song. Surely the presence of the Christ dwells in each of these dear ones, now and forever. As we become aware of our breathing in and our breathing out surely the presence of the Christ moves and has it’s being within the very core of us, now and forever.
The Christ that was in the beginning is with us today. We must keep Him alive in our hearts and minds by our conscious awareness of His presence. Look no further than your own thoughts, for there you will find the Christ, you will find His love, His grace, His blessing and His answer to your every need. Not just at this Christmas time, but now and forever.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
Affirmation: I walk with Jesus, today and forever.
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them.
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. http://www.fccnh.org
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