We are in the midst of the 64 day Season of Nonviolence. This was launched by the United Nations in 1998 and extends from the anniversary date of the death of Mohandas K. Gandhi on January 30 to the anniversary date of the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4. This season serves for all of us as a wake up call, a time to not just recognize, but to be that force for change in a violent and destructive world.
We have to die to the things that cause violence in our world. Unforgiveness, pettiness, false claims and judgment. These may seem like little things, but they add up. They multiply as they become the motivation and direction our lives take. They grow as they become so familiar to us, so much business as usual, that we don’t even know we are still locked in that place of negativity. They grow as we so often unconsciously teach these ideas of violence and hatred to others. We weren’t born with these ideas, they were taught, as Oscar Hammerstein II wrote so magnificently in his lyric, “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught.” (From the musical “South Pacific”)
But we can burn off those feelings, those judgments. We can burn off those thoughts by introducing for ourselves the presence of Jesus and seek to live our lives by his gospel of unconditional love. We can burn off that negativity and one by one as we set before us a new direction and new intention for good we can change the world. We can set forth at this very moment to change the course our world is on.
“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” Many of us sing this song each week in church, but do we really mean what it says? Do we live up to the meaning of these lyrics and move forward from the pew to the outside world to really be that change in the world we desire to see? Now is the appointed time to start. Now is the appointed time to make a commitment to make business as usual one of love, peace, joy and abundance. Now is the appointed time to see God’s light shining for all.
“Unless the grain of wheat dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, it will bear much fruit.” (John 12: 24)
Affirmation: “I let peace, joy, love and possibility for good be the guiding force of my life and I watch as this idea grows and changes our world.”
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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