Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Thought for the week

I BEGAN to write this on the 35th anniversary of my father’s death. In some

I BEGAN to write this on the 35th anniversary of my father’s death. In some ways it seems like only yesterday that he died but I had to shake myself to realise how much the world has changed in those intervening years.

He would be bemused to see me sitting in front of a computer screen typing out this Thought for the Week rather than using a typewriter. He would surely be taken aback by my use of social media to keep in touch with friends all over the world; he would marvel at my use of FaceTime to see as well as talk to family and friends. He would surely wonder or perhaps disapprove at my reliance on emails and texting to communicate at breakneck speed rather than the more leisurely use of hand-written letters and waiting patiently for replies!

Living through these changes one does not necessarily realise how dramatic they have been — until, like me, you look back at a certain date or event in the past and reflect on how our world was then and how it has now become.

As our country recalls VE Day 70 years ago, it brings it home that facing dramatic change has been and continues to be part and parcel of most people’s life experience — and that change may have come about for a variety of different reasons.

The question arises — well at least it does in my mind — as to how we allow change to affect us. For many people change can feel like a threat to the way of life that they have got used to and enjoyed. For others change can be an exciting opportunity to explore new opportunities and possibilities.

As I begin to prepare myself for retirement in just over a year’s time, I am more aware than ever that the mission of the church should propel us to engage with the world as it is now and not as it was in years gone by.

However, Christians believe that there is one constant and changeless presence who accompanies us through the joys and sorrows of change — Jesus Christ. He is described by the writer to the Hebrews as “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13, verse 8). He is THE constant in our changing world.

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