Tuesday, December 11, 2018
by Carolyn Lanker
“Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and He shines forever without change or shadow.” ~ James 1:17
History is a record of change – both good and bad. As Christians, we believe that the greatest change for good occurred when Christ was born. God sent His Son to teach us to love one another.
When Jesus was born, cruel oppressive Romans occupied His homeland. A vindictive Herod ordered his soldiers to kill all the children who were two years old or younger. John the Baptist was among the many who knew that change was a great need. He preached, “Change your hearts and lives.”
As an old person, I have lived through many changes. Three of us who attend Bible Study were born at the start of the Great Depression. During the 1930s, my Grandmother Emma saved money from the eggs she sold in order to buy a Christmas gift for each member of her large family. The gift was something such as a pair of stockings for each. We children did not like wearing these long, cotton stockings, but our parents insisted that they kept our legs warm.
Later, we octogenarians lived through World War II, when ration coupons were needed to buy sugar, shoes, meat, gasoline and tires. Nevertheless, I remember my youth as a happy time. We were able to roam our neighborhoods and play outside without fear. We did not mind having to walk to school and walk home again for lunch. No one had heard of television or video games, but we could swim or ice skate at Twin Lakes.
Now, we fear change in our church. We are losing a pastor who has been a blessing to our congregation and the whole community. Following the teaching of Christ, Rev. Dixon has preached love and peace. We should not feel forsaken when he leaves. Jesus has promised to be with us always. We need to remember that Christ will continue to give us strength and renew our souls. Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us, “Be strong! Be courageous! Do not be afraid… For the Lord your God will be with you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you.”
Lord, help us to trust You and obey Christ by acting with love for one another. Amen.
TODAY: Pray for someone you know who is facing or recovering from some surgery.