“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2)
Why do we say affirmations of faith and belief? Why do I write an affirmation at the end of this column and why do I Tweet out an affirmation each morning? Why do we stand and say a weekly affirmation together at the close of our Sunday morning worship, (right before we sing “Let There Be Peace On Earth,”) and head out from church to move back into the world in hopes of making a difference? 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 they are a start. 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 by 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, the 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. Jesus calls us to do likewise.
Why affirmations, why affirmative thinking? It reminds us who we are and it stirs 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. When we remember this, when we pray like this, our lives truly do change. When we change our thinking our lives truly change for the better. Spirit/God becomes much more real to us and our experience of Divine Light becomes that much brighter.
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.
Join us for worship at Church In Bethesda each Sunday at 11 AM. You will be inspired, challenged, blessed and filled with positive inspiration for your each bright and exciting tomorrow. This wonderful congregation, just outside of Washington, D.C. in suburban Maryland, is a dynamic witness to the community of God’s unconditional love, grace and reconciliation. This church stands as a beacon of light for new hope and possibility that through Christ’s welcoming, unconditional and inclusive embrace, we can all experience a deep and meaningful relationship with Spirit/God, as well as with one another. An open and affirming congregation, all are welcome to join in this amazing ministry. We are located at 5033 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, Maryland just off Old Georgetown Road in the heart of downtown Bethesda. http://www.churchinbethesda.org
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