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Spring is about to burst upon us.  Not any time too soon for our friends east of Southern California.  They have had a long, and in some cases, hard winter.

Winter reminds me of a time to turn within and connect with the power and presence of God.  A time for contemplation and reflection.  Spring reminds me of a time to burst forth.  It is time to act on those new ideas and strengths that we received from God during that fallow time, that winter, of reflection, prayer and deep inner thought.  But our “winter” must always be followed by action.  We must do something, perhaps physically, perhaps mentally and spiritually.  We must allow ourselves to be moved.  Allow ourselves to be changed and allow ourselves to emerge renewed in the Spirit of God.  Spring is useless without there being real change for the better.

I think of the caterpillar happy and comfortable in its cocoon.  The caterpillar, that little being with such a limited and small world.  Finally it begins to break forth from that cocoon.  The beginnings of that breaking out must be frightening.  Suddenly there is a whole new world visible to it and this is indeed a world of the unknown.  Scary.  What might it be like?  What is to be expected?  But, the little caterpillar continues to explore what is outside and allows the evolution of God to take hold and transform it into being all that it is meant to be.  And what happens?  A beautiful butterfly emerges, able to fly and soar and experience a vision of the world that was never before available to this tiny insect.  This is how we are to emerge from our winter of discernment and reflection.  This is how we are to emerge to be all that God would have us be in the world.  The butterfly now takes action, and so must we.

Not sure how to go forth in action?  Ask God.  Ask what is next for you.  Ask how you should move forward to make your life, your community and the world a different place.  Ask God to reveal to you in the clearest, most beautiful and comforting way the results of those seeds you planted during the “winter” in your mind and heart.  When you ask, you will receive.  You will be amazed and delighted by the many wonderful ways God shows up in your life. 

Winter is not only a time of contemplation and reflection on what is to be new, but it is also a time to discern what we can release and let go of in order to make way for exciting new possibilities.  Let go of the cocoon that binds you. 

Cherish your time of winter and relish your time of spring.  Not just the calendar season, but the seasons of God’s spirit that continue to flow through you all year long.

Oh, and one other thing.  Remember to have gratitude.  Remember to give God continual thanksgiving that right now and always you are blessed in such a beautiful way.  Thank God that where once you were limited and your world was small, now you can soar, fly, and be all that you were created to be.           

Affirmation:  “With God I can soar and the view is amazing.”                              

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. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose. 

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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