Through Every Change

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Malachi 3:6 – I the Lord do not change. (NIV)

For several weeks last spring, my way of life was turned upside down. We were getting ready to move to a smaller home, and, before that could happen, we needed to sort through nearly thirty years of keepsakes and memories, get rid of about one quarter of our possessions, and finish getting our present home ready to put on the market. The days were full, calling repair people, buying a new water heater, arranging with movers, and selling excess furniture.

On our last Sunday, we went to church, and, as we sang the hymns with our friends in the congregation, a lump came to my throat. These dear people had welcomed us twenty-nine years before, and had watched our children grow, graduate, and leave home. They had welcomed our grandchildren, and prayed for us when we were travelling or sick. Now we were leaving to face the unknown, start a new home, find a new church. The thought of all these changes was troubling.

As we sang the words of the next hymn, I knew that God was reaching down to bring us comfort and reassurance.

    Be still my soul: the Lord is on thy side. …
    In every change He faithful will remain.
      – Katharina von Schlegel

During times of change, it is comforting to know that no matter what happens, God does not change.

Hebrews 6:19-20 – We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest for ever, in the order of Melchizedek. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear God, we take comfort today in knowing that You are the hope and the anchor for our souls. Your Word tells us that You do not change, so no matter what our situation, we can count on You to meet our needs. Thank You. Amen.

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