At a friends church they say aloud the following affirmation right before their time of what they call “Affirmative Giving:” “From the love of pure spirit within me, I bless this gift. I send it forth to heal and bless and prosper. It is evidence of my faith and belief. It does good work in the world and returns to me abundantly.”
This is such a powerful statement about the intention we place forth in our giving. We send forth a portion of what we have received from God as a blessing to touch the lives of others in whatever way that blessing is needed. It may be to heal, or to prosper another in seeing new possibility in life. This mighty statement of Divine Circulation is after all what God is all about. This wonderful energy and vibration of an unconditionally loving God moves forth in a world that is fragmented and broken to heal and to mend those broken places so that new life may grow and create opportunity.
What our affirmative giving does is teach the world about the abundance of God available to them right where they are. It provides hope for those who have lost all hope, it provides guidance for those who feel lost and without a foundation to ground them in seeing beyond their current circumstances.
Why is it called “affirmative giving?” Because we are meant to give with a grateful and full heart in celebration of the many ways we have been blessed, sustained and enlightened. We give with the intention to see the seeds of Divine Spirit God grow and bloom and take our world from being one of fragmentation to one of a blended wholeness supported and undergirded by a God who knows only good.
Affirmation: “From the love of pure spirit within me, I send forth thoughts of peace, abundance and healing into the world.”
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. We are an open and affirming congregation.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org
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