There was a chill in the air last weekend as I headed out on my bike. The leaves on the trees were still green but every now and then, if you looked carefully, you could see hints of change. The crisp air, the slight change in colors, and the birds flying in formation spoke of the fall and another change in the seasons.
I love the fall. As a church leader it has always been my favorite time to be away on retreat. There is nothing like being in the mountains in October when the leaves are a brilliant red, orange, and yellow. It is a wonderful time for reflection, time to remember what has passed and time to hope for the future. Nothing is as constant as change. Our lives are an endless sequence of changes. The human body is reclothed with new skin every seven years. We are creatures of change.
The Bible affirms this and then gives us the hope of our never changing Savior, Jesus Christ. It is not that the Lord will not change with us. It is not that the Lord is unaware of the changes in our lives either. Rather it is the assurance that God's love for us in Jesus Christ is unwavering.
No matter what season of life you find yourself in and no matter how great the changes and challenges you are facing, what does not change is the awesome grace and never ending blessings of Almighty God, his beauty and power, his love and forgiveness, and his promise of eternal life Seek out those blessings in the wonders of creation, in those quiet moments in your life, in the power of worship, and in the company of family and friends. Give thanks to God!
Remember that we have changed back to our fall worship schedule: Saturdays at 5 PM, Sundays at 8:15 & 11:00 AM. See you in church!