“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
(Psalm 19: 14)
There was a wonderful story in the Huffington Post recently. A woman, with a small child, had walked out of the Whole Foods pushing her loaded shopping cart while trying to maneuver her small child toward their car. It wasn’t an easy task, but she was doing the best that she could. Cart in one hand, child in the other. Suddenly, very stealth like, a car pulls up behind the woman and the man inside lays on his horn, while yelling for the woman to get out of the way. Very startled, the woman manages to get over to the side as the car whips around and into the first parking slot it could find. Looking over, the woman notices a bumper sticker on the car. It read, “Namaste.”
Really? “Namaste?” Peace, love, tranquility, the God in me meets the God in you? This really makes me think. It’s not enough to proclaim something with words if we can’t live that meaning in our hearts. Some of the most God-like actions we can do to minister to another use no words at all. A smile, a kind gesture, a helping hand. Who we are, and what we profess, comes from our hearts, not the words we place on our car bumpers, or on a t-shirt we might wear.
As our scripture says, may the totality of what we do be acceptable to God. Our actions, and yes our words, must always touch others as we would desire to be touched. Let us live that truth, and then let the Huffington Post report on that.
Affirmation: Today I truly live what I would believe and proclaim to the world.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall for our Contemporary worship and Praise service, “Acts of God.” Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship.
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.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org