“I the Lord do not change.”
In a time of change many of us want to hang on to the old things that are familiar. And this is a time of change!
Out in the world, there’s a new iPad available. The old one is now obsolete. (I still don’t have one, but I read about it.) There are now cars available that are all electric and/or partially electric that use much less fuel. We can go on-line and SKYPE and see the person to whom we’re talking. I could go on and on.
In our New York Conference we are dealing with many changes in staffing and governance. The program for the GVA Spring Assembly (on April 21 at Lakeville UCC, 9:30 – 2:00) will be sharing some of those changes and the needs that brought them about. We will be hearing at the NY Conference Annual Meeting in June about a new Conference Minister and that will bring more changes.
In our own congregation we have seen some of our beloved members leave or die in the past months, and that makes for change for us. We are also seeing some new folks in the pews on Sundays, and they may become more active in the life of our church. And that will mean a difference in how we do things.
I’m not afraid of these changes (I have, after all, lived in 18 different places in my lifetime.). But I am aware that it can be frightening to many of us. We tend, as humans, to want things to be familiar and “like they’ve always been.”
However, let me remind you that things are not like they’ve always been anyway! And we’re still here! And this church family is still here, even though there are some changes that have occurred. That’s good news.
The best news of all is that although God may lead us to some changes, we can rely on God’s strength and grace all the time. And that never changes!
I have a friend who says, “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!” And that’s the good news of the day, my friends. God is good!