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“For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Romans 8: 24-25)     

Richard Rohr in his book The Naked Now reminds us that we don’t pray to Christ, we pray through Christ. If we pray to Christ we can be locked into living a faith that has a perception based on our own limited and finite beliefs, our personal filter of experience.   But when we pray through Christ suddenly we are opening ourselves up to experience the Divine more fully and to expand our perception and experience of Spirit’s living, breathing and energetic presence. Rohr goes on to tell us that our purpose in this new awakening is to cooperate with what God already is doing in our lives.

We always start from right where we are, so start with the belief in new possibilities and with the ability of God’s perfect Spirit in you to transformation all that you now experience. Through Christ we can experience more fully, understand more clearly and our “seeing” can have a new perception of the workings of God more fully realized in our lives. When we pray through Christ the filter changes. It becomes less our filter and more Christ’s filter. That one shift can make everything change.

This is powerful for us to contemplate. We cooperate when we pray through Christ to be in perfect alignment with that vibrating energy of the Divine. God is forever directing us in our prayers so that we may have a conscious awareness of this perfect power working in our lives. We know that we cannot recognize something without first having some kind of awareness of its existence. So, our prayers become a powerful way for us to develop a new awareness and see a new truth within that vision. It is the Christ that is leading us ever so gently on our path. Never too fast for us to understand or experience, but just at the right pace for us to be moved, changed and renewed. We each experience this Christ presence in different ways for it has been individualized for each of us so that we may become our own unique expression of God’s wonderful creation.

Affirmation: “Experiencing God’s love more deeply, my life unfolds in perfect order.”

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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