“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it is coming from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3: 8)
The scripture says “the wind blows” and the exciting thing for me is to realize that the wind that blows around us is the beautiful breath of God. It blows equally and powerfully the same to all, no matter who we are. This wind, this air, this refreshing breeze can remind us of the presence of God always with us and available to us for whatever we may need. It is our recognition of this Divine Presence that makes a major difference in our lives. The Spirit of God is always with us for we live our lives within this Spirit. But like anything, we have to recognize it and engage with it, even on a subliminal level, if we are to allow it to change our lives toward those things we wish to experience. This mighty Spiritual wind creates an atmosphere of protection, renewed insight into the kingdom of God right where we are, and an amazing possibility for renewed life.
When the winds of earthly life often blow challenges and trials that test our faith it is those Spiritual winds that move us to a greater realization of God’s beautiful comforting grace and peace.
For me one of the exciting things about God’s presence is that God always is full of surprises. We may feel the winds and, like a sailboat captain, decide to chart our course in a particular direction, but God may have a better idea. To us, it often means we need to let go of our hold on the idea that we must do all things by our own effort and allow God to co-create with us and move us in new and exciting ways. Very often that shift to something new will be toward something for which we think we are just not yet ready, but if we trust God’s movement in our lives we can know that God will sustain us and touch us with renewed courage for our continuing journey.
Affirmation: “The breath of God guides me gently and lovingly to new and exciting places.”
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 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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