(from my column “Be Still and Know” in our church newsletter)
Why do we say affirmations of faith and belief? Why, for over eight years now, have I written an affirmation at the end of this column and why have we distributed affirmation cards on Wednesday nights after our Guided Meditation service for people to take home and reflect upon? (We also have these cards available on the welcome table at our SpiritSong service on Sunday evenings). We say affirmations of faith because they remind us, in a positive and uplifting way, of who we are as God’s precious creation.
But are these words powerful? No, not in and of themselves. We can say these words, and carry around affirmation cards by the bundle, but we have to believe and proclaim that what the message is saying to us is the truth about who we are. They are to remind us that as spiritual beings our humanity has enormous potential and purpose.
Our words alone can’t get us there, but our feelings, experiences, the stirring of our soul and our inner belief become a state of mind that changes us. What affirmations do is get us going in the right direction. They remind us of the truth of who we are as God’s creation. They remind us that as spiritual beings our search for our humanity is a process. Each day we can move closer toward the fullness of our humanity and our spiritual nature becoming true and real partners with one another in this marvelous thing that we call life. Our affirmative thinking picks us up when we stumble and it gives us hope that in the darkness of life there is still light waiting for us up ahead.
When Jesus healed the blind, the lame, bleeding, when he raised Lazarus or the little girl from the dead, he was seeing beyond the appearance of the physical and seeing through to the truth of the spiritual. Jesus saw possibility where it is all too easy for us to see limitation.
Why affirmations, why affirmative thinking? They remind us who we are and stir up our realization and recognition that the Spirit of God dwells within us and is always available to us to meet our needs at this and every moment.
“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2)
Affirmation: “I let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart reveal the fullness of God’s presence.”
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.
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Please join us each Sunday for our SpiritSong service at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA. This Contemporary Celebration and Praise service is 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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