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Do not fear, only believe.”   (Mark 5: 36)

Do you ever feel as though on your walk through life that you are taking two steps forward, one step back? Or even on some occasions, one step forward and two steps back? Life is often so random as we strive to move to the next positive thing we wish to experience. We can easily get discouraged and give up. The gospel writer Mark quotes Jesus as saying, “Do not fear, only believe.”

Okay, I know you are thinking, well that’s not always easily said in the midst of our “stuff.” And that is true. Those two steps back and one step forward times can be pretty discouraging. However, what I have come to believe is that even when life seems to be taking one or two steps backward, and we seem to be loosing ground toward our goal, that God is still a God who is right where we are at every moment. These are times when some inner reflection and self-examination can be helpful as we seek to take that next step forward. Maybe we can use this time to decide what our next decision should be, or just to say to God, “Okay, I know you are here with me, so you tell me what to do next.” You want to know something? God will let you know. It could be that you are not ready for the next forward step, or maybe the direction of that next step needs to be reconsidered. Or maybe you need to catch your breath, or “catch your faith.” What we can know is that we need never fear for God is walking with us, directing us.

Turning within and finding God (our finding, God is ALWAYS right there waiting our awareness of the Divine Presence) allows us to regroup and get back on track.  Sit in the quiet with God, let God wash over you with renewed positive energy and Light.  Just sit, in the quiet.  See the Light moving through your body washing away any negative emotions, hurt, anger or fear.  See the Light connecting with each and every cell, molecule and atom in your very being.  The Light awakens the inner being so it is firmly and clearly at one with all that is Perfect Spirit.  In this new realization of your connection with Spirit/God/Light, know, affirm for yourself, and believe, that God is giving you all the insights and knowledge you need for what is next.  You may not consciously understand the message at that very moment, but knowing you have received the message opens a space for it to come into your conscious awareness just when you need it.  Spirit/God is with us in our steps forward, and our steps back.  Each step has a message for us.  Letting God reveal that message can change your life.

“Do not fear, only believe.” Hold on to the vision you have been given (the one given to you by God). Keep your gaze on what you truly wish to experience, knowing that God will get you there, even when your steps take a different direction than you expected.

Affirmation: “Healing light moves through me and out into the world today to anoint each new step I take.”

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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