I have always loved this beautiful prayer by Sir Francis Drake, which contains a message we should each take to our hearts:
“Disturb us, O Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves;
When our dreams come true only because we have dreamed too little;
When we arrive safely only because we sailed too close to the shore;
When with the abundance of things we are losing our thirst for more of God;
When in loving time, we have ceased to dream of eternity;
When in our desire to build on this earth
We have lost our vision of a new heaven.”
The vision of a new heaven is all around us, awaiting our recognition of it. Perhaps in our running from place to place, trying to keep up with daily life, we have failed to see that which is right before us. As we regain our vision for a new heaven, and all that represents for our lives, we open a beautiful space for God to truly be revealed in new and exciting ways.
God desires that we dream new, big dreams and to also know that Spirit/God, who gave us those dreams, will also give us all that we need, as we need it, for their fulfillment. When we dream with God amazing things happen.
This might be the perfect time to stop, re-connect with the Spirit that God has poured out around us, and make room for God in our dreams.
“I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2: 28)
Affirmation: “Connecting anew with God we dream dreams together.”
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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