I am an avid fan of the television program “The West Wing” and every time I watch I find new things to discover. On an episode I recently re-watched the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, played by the wonderful actor John Amos, made a very interesting observation. He said that in today’s world he could no longer tell when it was peacetime, or when it was wartime, the two seem to have blended together. That is all too true and a sad state of our world. The crises of our life can seem unrelenting and without pause. There is little time to be complacent and our sense of peace can too often feel distant. How are we then to traverse these tumultuous times and keep our head above water? We can start by building up our spiritual escrow account of faith. We do that by praying without ceasing, giving thanks to God for our blessings even as we lift up petitions for our needs. God has left us with his perfect peace, not a worldly one, but a divine peace that transcends any worldly concerns we may have and he has given it to us freely. So, how do we even begin to pray without ceasing? We do that by keeping our minds fixed on the affirmative side of life. Affirmations that life is for us, not against us, can go a long way in keeping our thoughts moving in the right direction. Each day affirm more of the goodness of life, each day affirm more of Christ’s presence, each day recognize still more of His divine love. As we continue to do this we allow ourselves to truly experience Christ’s peace, even in the midst of seeming turmoil.
We continue our observation of the 64-day Season for Nonviolence. The Season, launched by the United Nations in 1998, marks the annual 64 calendar days between the memorial anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on January 30 and that of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4. The Season teaches that every person can move the world forward in the direction of peace through daily nonviolent choices, words and actions.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14: 27)
Affirmation: “My life is directed, guided and blueprinted by Christ’s perfect peace. I believe it, I live it and I pass it on that others might know of his love.”
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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