“Prayer is a means of bringing you to a point where you will accept what God wants.” (Norman Vincent Peale, best-selling author, minister)
I think this quote by the Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale speaks deeply to us. Just what is it that God wants for us, individually, and collectively, as the community of Christ?
Some people may read this and think that this is saying that we are like puppets on a string and God is tugging and pulling at us in an effort to make us into something we perhaps don’t wish to be. That as puppets God has decided how each of us are to be blessed, or not blessed, how each of us are going to be favored, or not favored by God’s presence and intercession in their lives.
But that is not what Peale is saying at all. What God wants for us is to have a deep and abiding relationship with Spirit, to trust in God’s blessings and grace and to live in peace and harmony. God wants us to learn to live a life free of stress and turmoil, but when those things do seem to overcome us God wants us to have the assurance that we are never alone. God is right where we are to comfort and restore us to the fullness of Spirit’s divine creation.
So, what does God want for you? God wants you to know that you are loved and loved unconditionally. God wants you to know that God is there for you now and always, just a prayer and a thought away.
Affirmation: “I want what God wants. Peace, harmony, love and grace are always just a sweet prayer away.”
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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