November 26: Hope Amid Change

“The only constant in life is change.” – Heraclitus (Greek philosopher of Ephesus who was active around 500 years before Christ)

We live in a world of rapid and constant change. This is true whether we are facing a worldwide pandemic or not. And many find the pace and the frequency of change disconcerting and unsettling. Isn’t it true that we long for something constant and un-changing in our lives? Isn’t it also true that we find change easier to manage if at least the basics remain the same?

Despite the wisdom of Heraclitus, Jesus teaches that there is something unchangeable. In His own words, He says (as in Luke 21, 29-33) that His words “will never pass away.” During even the fastest and most radical changes, the Word of God remains constant, because God Himself remains true. God is the rock that endures when all else passes. Even during disconcerting change, like what we have seen over the past 18 months or so, we can trust that, when all else is shifting, the Lord remains steady. Being anchored in and on Him keeps us steady when all else seems ready to fall apart.

Let us pray. “Lord, God of time and eternity, you have entrusted to us, your people, the project of building your Kingdom among all people and throughout the whole world. Do not let us work against your plan. Instead, help us be like leaven in the world and help us care for the “seed” of hope you have sown. Keep us hopeful with patience so that integrity, justice, and love may come into our world and your peace may reign far and wide. In the name of Jesus who lives and reigns with your forever and ever. Amen.”

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