1st July 2019

All Change

“Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.”
John 17:11 (NKJV UK)

God tells us that he doesn’t change. But, on the other hand, human beings and society do. One of the joys of my early childhood was waking in the morning to the cry of the cuckoo in nearby woods. It’s something I’ve never forgotten although I haven’t heard a live cuckoo for many years. Then again, I’ve watched the introduction of red kite in the Thames valley spread year by year. Today they wheel over my own home at the far extremity of the Chilterns. So change has to be acknowledged as part of our culture and heritage.

So often people resist change, especially religious people. Tinkering with the order of service, for example, can result in high passion, almost war. And of course, the biggest change is that daily human beings grow older. Young men turn into more feeble grandfather figures. And the exchange is strength for information, for wisdom and, let’s hope, kindness. Our ladies do something similar, but usually it’s fringed by a different kind of kindness, involving tolerance and compassion.

Perhaps these are a couple of the lessons God wants us to take on board, to make a part of ourselves, why he designed old age for human beings. Sickness and illness may be a part of that, since older people tend to be more prone to sickness. But then such illnesses tend to predispose us to turn to God, not only for healing but for relief from pain or suffering. But then, that’s the command we have from Jesus, our spiritual elder brother, to “love one another as I have loved you.” Older people are more inclined to listen to that advice; younger people are so preoccupied with the events in their lives that often they take little notice of such opportunities.

So, whereas God doesn’t change, we do. And we need to be prepared to embrace those changes that come upon us and to run with them within our daily walk with our God. He can and does use such events to sharpen us and focus us on our proper priorities.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for advancing age. It exposes us to happenings and circumstances we handle differently when young. Old age can give us, if we let it, a wider perspective on this world in which you have placed us. And we give you thanks for continuing life, where we can learn something to advance our Christian lives every day. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by John Stettaford
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About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk