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“…but if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.”

                                                                                    (1 John 1: 7)           

Last week I was in San Anselmo, California on the campus of the San Francisco Theological Seminary. I serve on the Alumni Council and we were having a retreat and a series of meetings. At one of these meetings the subject of “the church is changing and we must begin to change with it” came up. Finally someone reminded us that the church has already changed, too many have missed that fact, and it is time to get in tune with what God is doing and continues to do through creation in our world. This makes sense to me, God should be changing, changing the world, changing the church and changing us at each and every moment so we can be an exciting part of God’s change so we can thrive. The alternative is to just sit in the dark, in the corner of the room, and wonder what happened.

Have you ever watched the flame of a candle? Really looked at it as you meditated on the love and presence of God? In the flicker of a flame there is the light of Spirit. It moves in perfect rhythm as it dances and changes with the flow of air around it. This movement of air, the wind, is often called the breath of God. This movement of God’s breath around us is a constant reminder that God is an always-evolving force. Look into someone’s eye while in the presence of this candle. You will see the reflection of that flame. The light of God in them is reflected by that candle flame. You see it in them, and they see it in you, but we must stop and look for it. Unless we remain watchful we will miss the presence of Spirit as it appears, grows, changes and creates in and through us in miraculous and unexpected ways. Take time to notice what God is doing in the world and recognize how your individual story and life are a part of God’s universal world and story. The intersection is truly magnificent.

In the presence of even a single a candle we can see what is present all around us, the light of God in each and every one of us.

Affirmation: “God is my candle in the darkness. No longer is my path unclear.”

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.