A change is on the horizon. A new season is coming. For those of you in the midwestern U.S., the smell was in the air. Fall is upon us, along with, for some of us, the preparations of another year of schooling, or the sending of children to regular classes at all levels. The trees will soon turn many wonderful colors. The days become short, the air gains a new crispness in the evening, and all around, life changes.
Ecclesiastes speaks to this change, and many others, in the first part of Chapter 3. It states,
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keepo and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”
These are powerful words in our lives, because of the constant changes we endure. The deaths and births, the moving from one place to another, the divorces and marriages that we encounter our lives. We see change all around us.
And yet, our lives do have a Constant, a never-changing Source of Hope and Comfort, of Peace and Joy. Malachi 3:6a, “I the Lord do not change.” This is the assurance in our lives, the INSURANCE we need against change, large or small. Whether we discovery a friend who does not return in the fall to school, or the destruction of our lives by fire, flood, or human fraility, we will always have the Lord with us, to guide and strengthen us, to hold us firm and keep us safe, no matter what season we experience. Jesus Himself says in Luke 21:33, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”
And those words are our unchanging Hope.
God’s Peace I bring you, God’s Blessing I wish upon you, God’s Hope and Comfort I leave with you.