Dealing with Change

Thursday, May 22, 2014

I for one do not care for change. I realize that the older I get the more change in life that I experience. I know living in Missouri the saying is true about the weather, "If you don't like the weather stick around it will change." Still I just don't care for change.

As I write this a change is taking place in my life, one of the traditions that have been a part of my earthly life has come to an end. Every Memorial Day the church that I grew up in host a chicken-n-dumpling supper. This year for the first time there will be no chicken-n-dumpling supper. I know that this Memorial Day supper was started long before I was born. Yet it is changing and the church is not going to be hosting this supper.

The reason for the change is that the members of the church are getting older and there are fewer members to do the work. At its peak this supper would serve well over 700 people in an evening. It takes a lot of work to serve 700 people. That is a lot of chickens and dumplings and German potato salad, and homemade bread to be made to feed 700 plus people.

While I don't like the fact that the supper is not being held, I understand that change takes place in life. I am thankful though that one thing does not change and that is Jesus Christ. Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) tells us, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever."

I am thankful that Jesus and the gospel of Jesus do not change. That salvation is a gift offered without cost and that forgiveness and redemption is available anytime we humbly go to Jesus and ask. The gospel and Jesus are the same throughout all generations.

There are some changes that we need and that are good for us. We would not like to still be driving an old Packard car with no air conditioning in the middle of July. That is a good change. While other changes that take place around us may not be to our liking, we can learn to deal with them and adjust.

Praise the Lord that the love of Jesus does not change, he loves us and cares for us even when we complain about holiday suppers coming to an end. Thank you Jesus for not changing.

God bless you

Barron Willer