This past week I was attending a Parish Nurse Coordinator Educational Retreat at Mt. Angel, Oregon for three days. The area was a beautiful place to walk and think and just enjoy a change of pace while learning new updates in the tools we use in our health ministry programs in the church setting.
I was asked to provide a devotion to begin one day of activities, and almost like a lightning bolt came the thought for my sharing: CHANGE.
We are enjoying a change of season with warmer days, sunshine, beautiful flowers and trees. As we age, change is a reflection of our growth and the vitality inherent in our youthfulness. Age brings about many positive changes in our life, but it also can bring tragedy, defeat, or loss. In our faith growth we also see changes in our perception, our understanding, and our coping with life changes.
One very comforting thought for our strength is the verse in Ecclesiastes 3:1: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. A beautiful sharing of that verse is in hymn 762, “There Is a Time for Everything,” in our LSB hymnal.
As we begin our Holy Week walk, I urge each of you to spend time each day in scripture considering the changes occurring in your life right now or from the past that you haven’t processed. Tell God about the thoughts you are having. In this searching of your soul, now shift to the ending of Holy Week that gives us the joyous resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Our faith is the best prescription ever: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5 (KJV). God has given us both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable. Praise be to God!
So, let the changes come. We will not walk in fear, but in faith! We will trust God with all the changes, and know that He will help us and bless us with each changing day.
Walk with joy in your heart and know that He is with you every step of the way!
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace Lutheran Church and School