Matthew 6:33 ~ “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Lamsa Translation)

When Jesus spoke these words, the people were downtrodden and felt hopeless and helpless. I’m sure many wondered how they were going to provide for their families and survive their oppression. During Jesus’ ministry he emphasized seeking the spiritual, not just the material.

When we keep our focus on who we are, God’s Beloved Children made in His Image; all that is needed is added. But when we step outside the awareness of our oneness with His Presence and put all our efforts into creating our good on the human level, we experience a sense of separation from God.

As we go through life, we may experience tragedies around us. Depending on how long we have experienced our life journey, some of us can remember where we were the day Peal Harbor was bombed; some may remember the assassination of President Kennedy; some experienced the day which we now call “911.” We will never forget where we were or what we were doing. During this time, our hearts ached as we searched for answers. People who lived thousands of years ago, also went through great tragedies; and there are many stories of how peoples’ faith in God helped them through these times. Jesus certainly went through hard experiences and suffering.

Always in our human experiences on earth, we must seek first the Kingdom, a spiritual consciousness of God, and live in confidence of Jesus’ promise of “added” things.

Affirmation: What really matters is Eternal, Infinite, Unconditional Love!

 (Thoughts provided by Rev. Betty Tarpley ~ October 18, 2016)

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