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Choose an Attitude of Rejoicing

Monday, October 16, 2017 by Fr. Mark in Blog&Christian Spirituality
In this Sunday’s epistle reading from Philippians 4, St. Paul writes an encouraging directive which often is very hard to do, particularly when your life is filled with challenge, pain, illness, and loss.

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again- rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

To those residents of Sonoma County, Napa County and surrounding counties, St. Paul’s word of encouragement could be very hard to take in right now. They may hit their minds as a non-sequitur of reality. Can people who lost everything give thanks for being alive? Of course. Can they also give thanks for all who care for them and for the future provision which will come from others to help them (even from insurance)? Yes, they can. Does this mean that they don’t grieve or know trauma? No, it doesn’t.  Acknowledging thanks amidst trauma doesn’t take trauma away. Even finding that which one may rejoice over in great challenge or illness doesn’t mean that the challenge is resolved.

Yet, as disciples of Jesus, we are told, “Rejoice.” Perhaps we need to take to heart that sometimes in life we must intentionally choose a path of joyful attitude and joyful thinking, because our circumstances will cause us to otherwise sink in a mire of pain and negativity.  What lifts us from such pain? We choose to base our reality in the love of God. We are “in” Christ. We have our being in him. In him we may gain freedom over fear, light over darkness, release from burden– if even for only a time that brings relief until we choose again to focus on what we may rejoice over.

What may you rejoice about and give thanks to God?

I also want to invite you to come tomorrow night to a special service of worship and healing prayer. If you are local to the San Jose area, come and be encouraged by the joy and love of God for you. Be strengthened in the healing power of God’s Spirit restoring you.

Grace and Peace,
Mark+

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Anglican Mission logoChrist The King Anglican Church embodies the Three Streams of the historic Christian Church: The Scripture (Evangelical stream), The Sacred (the Sacramental stream) and The Spirit (the Charismatic stream).   We are happy to belong to The Anglican Mission: A Society of Mission and Apostolic Works. The Mission.  The Mission began in December 1999, and it has been the leader in establishing new churches and ministries in an Anglican heritage across North America. In recent years, The Mission has grown to include many overseas works, including The Anglican Mission: India.

We’re committed to believe and trust Jesus Christ, to be directed by His Spirit, and to trust in His Holy Scripture as our standard in matters of faith and practice. Everyone who is at Christ the King now was once a visitor and decided to make this his or her church home. We hope you will consider making the same decision! If you are interested in church membership or more information, please call the church office at (408) 770-2260.

 

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