Remember the musical “Fiddler On The Roof?” The show opened with one of the truly great opening numbers in the musical theatre, “Tradition.” The people of Anatevka were celebrating the very things they held dear, the things that identified them as a people, the things that sustained them in their times of trouble, and the faith that made their life possible because it gave them hope for a new tomorrow. Yet, in the face of that celebration both we, and they, knew that everything was about to change. Times were going to change, and there was nothing that could prevent that. Life will need to adapt to new times, to new understandings, to new realities. The traditions of the past were to be no more; a new time was about to arrive.
So, how does one navigate the new times, while holding on to that which is near and dear? Perhaps we begin by examining what traditions are really important to us. Not the things that don’t really matter, but the overarching, fundimental beliefs that we have. Our traditions are great, as long as we don’t become slaves to them, especially if they no longer serve us in meaningful ways.
We create new traditions by allowing God to embolden our faith with trust and the presence of His sweet Spirit. We create new traditions by ridding ourselves of old, worn out, stale thinking steeped in lack and limitation that has been holding us back. We create new traditions by the affirmations of new possibilities made real through the presence of Jesus, whom we call the Christ. We create new traditions by the thoughts we have today. One thought at a time we forge a new tradition.
So, what’s on your mind today?
“I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; I will remember your wonders of old.” (Psalm 77: 11)
Affirmation: “The past is history. I embrace today with re-newed faith, trust and the assurance that I walk with the Christ.”
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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