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June Newsletter


It has been said that a person cannot step in the same river twice, for it is not the same river nor the same person.

 

Change is inevitable and happens constantly, often without our realizing it or planning it. It is beyond our control, for example due to the forces of nature or the actions of others. It can also be gradual. Compare a picture of yourself earlier in your life, and then go look in the mirror. Change is inevitable.


The issue isn’t whether there is going to be change or not; it is a matter of our response to it. One can resist or deny it. The cosmetic industry thrives on our tendency to appear as if change has not taken place. We can become sentimental and try to replicate the “good old days”. That includes making decisions and live our lives as if change has not taken place. The Amish come to mind. However, there is nothing like the good old days, and never were. Trying to replicate a golden age doesn’t work.


So how should we respond to inevitable change? First it must be acknowledged that what lies ahead of us is nothing like what lies behind us, often a frightening reality. It is also useful to realize that an unwillingness or inability to come to terms with change does not prevent the change from happening. The only really positive response the change is to adapt to it, to integrate it into our lives, To take what is useful and leave the rest.


“My church, my church, my dear old church, my father’s and my own. “ And God help anyone who tries to change it! Change just for change sake is at the other end of the spectrum. Neither is healthy or helpful. However, it is critical that leadership and members be aware of the world around us and its constant change, realistically assessing its impact as us. Then the task is to consciously adapt to it without relinquishing the re-ally important and ageless truths that make the Church what it is intended to be. This may not be an easy task and takes conscious and prayerful attention, but in the end, doing so will move us out of our walls, ad-dressing the mission that has been put before us.

 

Change is inevitable, whether we want it or not. It is critical, though, that we remember that the only thing that is permanent is “Jesus Christ, the same today, yesterday and forever.” Hebrews 13:8.

 

Pastor Paul

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