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Marianne Williamson, author and lecturer, provides us with a wonderful metaphor:  “If we care to honor the roots of a tree, then the trunk and the branches will take care of themselves.”  Our roots are this presence of Spirit, that Spirit that is in our very DNA.  When we honor that presence, the many branches of our lives will flourish.

We build our faith with strong roots that secure our being.  Soren Kierkegaard said, “Faith is walking as far as you can in the light and taking one more step.”

There is that within us which invites and beckons us to reach out further with our faith.  To be radical in believing that the fullness of Christ is available to us at every moment is a measure of our courage and our trust that Christ will indeed do for us what he had promised.  We can meet that fullness in the silence.  Though silence, and even darkness, can at first seem a bit scary, it is precisely in venturing into that space that we will meet the presence of the Christ in a new and dynamic way.  What can help us is the assurance that we do not enter that space alone, for the one who came to teach us how to live our lives fully is standing there waiting.  We will never encounter the fullness of Christ’s presence until we venture into that unknown.  When we do, what we find is that this space is not foreign to us at all, but that it is home.

“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may be one.”  (John 17: 20) 

Affirmation:  “I dare to believe in the power of God right where I am, because Jesus, who is the Christ, told me so, and I believe him.” 


Rev. Jefferson Beeker


We live our lives one thought at a time.  Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.