As you read this column for the second week of August, we are all anticipating the week ahead when school will begin again with all the practices and even homework soon. It will require some change in the way we have been during the summer when children may have slept late and then watched TV, or played electronic games part of the day. Now we will all be required to get up early and rush into the day. That will require some change ,which has been anticipated.
At the same time, those no longer children who have graduated from high school are going off to college, leaving us with one or more less people at home, and worries about how this change will play out as the youth grows up and becomes responsible for their own destiny. As much as we would like to keep them safe and secure forever, that is not why they were born. They must grow up. It reminds all of us that change in our lives is inevitable. Children grow up, we get older, we change jobs. Some change is welcome, but we fight against other changes in life.
Some change shakes our very foundations, leaving us feeling insecure and afraid for the future. That is when we may recall the words of an old hymn. “Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with thee. Thou changest not, thy compassion they fail not. As thou hast been thou forever will be.”
The hymn is based on the words from Lamentations 3:22-23, a promise of God’s faithfulness no matter what. God’s mercies are new every morning as each day is a new day.