Life is made up of beginnings. Each time we turn around it can seem that another beginning is taking place. At first glance the thought of this can be very overwhelming. We just get used to something in our lives, and we get really comfortable with the way things are, and suddenly, either due to our own efforts, or even circumstances that seem beyond our control, we are launched into something new. It could be a new job, a move to a new residence, or a change in our relationship with someone. Beginning anew sometimes can even seem unfair. We think, sometimes quite rightly, haven’t we been through enough already? Why must we adapt now to something else? Even beginnings that we have prayed for and sought are overwhelming, as things have shifted and we now must get used to a different routine.
Beginnings are also made up of endings as we let go of some things from the past, while making room for the new. How we deal with beginnings has a lot to do with how we choose to view these occurrences. We can label a change as either good or bad, or just recognize it as something that just is.
The beginning of the Gospel of Mark is a powerful new beginning as Jesus begins his earthly ministry. Suddenly, as he does this and embraces this change, life as Jesus had known it before is forever altered. Jesus leaves behind familiar surroundings and people, he leaves behind his family and sets forth for a new beginning that would not only change his life, but that would ultimately change the world. The people Jesus had known and with whom he grew up and was familiar now must make way for new experiences and challenges. After his baptism from John it is little wonder that he went into the wilderness to pray and make way for his new direction in life. We do well to also give ourselves the space between events in our lives to pause, reflect, and seek God’s direction and guidance before moving on to what is next in our lives.
Since we can never be alone, for God is always right where we are, we can have the assurance that each beginning for us is blessed and anointed by the Christ as we move to even greater experiences of God’s amazing love and grace. The beginning for Jesus that began his ministry would pave the way for a powerful beginning for each of us. Jesus changed the world and it is Jesus who changes us.
We have a word of the week for the next 52 weeks at church. Our word for this coming week is BEGINNING: New beginnings are exciting as we remain open to experience all that God is in our lives.
“The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” (Mark 1: 1,3)
Affirmation: “New beginnings and opportunities abound and God is always present to make them wonderful.”
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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