I have a little cross I bought at the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Nashville several years ago. This cross is hand made and it is crafted to be held in ones hand. It’s shaped just perfectly. It nestles right in my palm ever so comfortably and I love to hold it when I pray and meditate.
What impresses me about this cross is how beautiful it is. How smooth. Polished, refined.
It is nothing like the cross Jesus experienced. His cross was not beautiful. It was coarse, hard, splintery, ugly. It was heavy, it was dark and it was raw. That cross spoke volumes about hate, conquest, mistrust, prejudice and suspicion. It was on that cross that Jesus would die a very painful death.
My prayer cross is nothing like the cross Jesus experienced and yet my hand cross makes us think of Jesus’ cross. My cross has been transformed. I imagine that in the making of this prayer cross that it went through stages of being not the beautiful cross it is now. It started out formless, raw, unpolished. But it didn’t remain that way.
Jesus also transforms our lives as he transformed the cross by his resurrection. He takes us, just as we are, and he makes our lives new again with wonderful possibility and hope. Jesus smooth’s out the rough places for us so we can love deeply, so we can serve gladly, and so we can be lifted up to understanding more of the divine power working in, through, and as our lives. Jesus wants our human experience to be an abundant one, each day feeling renewed in Spirit.
Jesus calls out to us, in our rawness and in our doubt and heals us of all that separates us from experiencing the unconditional love of God.
Jesus smooth’s out the roughness of our humanity, so our real spiritual nature can shine forth.
“So do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day.” (2 Corinthians 4: 16)
Affirmation: “Jesus smooths out the rough places in life and makes all things perfect.”
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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