Change is a constant earthly reality. Beginnings and endings, hellos and good-byes dot the landscape of every life. The essence of every promise of God stands in stark contrast. His promises blossom from the root of eternal, unchanging goodness!Every act of good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom is no change or shadow of turning.
As the printing of the Baptist Voice ceases, our hearts can rejoice that the work done through it over the years continues. That same truth echoes from every life lived in the will of God…in lives redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Earthly transitions are shadows cast from eternal realities. Just as the Tabernacle in the desert offered deep spiritual revelation of the Lord Himself, lives lived in the design of God portray divine beauty. Neither earthly error nor sin eradicates the work of the Eternal One.Paul, in First Corinthians, quoted the prophet Isaiah. “No eye has seen, no mind conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” The promise of good from our perfect, loving Father gives unceasing hope to those enduring change. Loved ones whose earthly journeys end, treasured relationships marred by distance and works of service concluded are shadows created as the Lord moves throughout world. Like the Israelites crossing the Red Sea or the Jordan at flood stage, Christians must march boldly on toward the eternal reality of Christ’s completed work.
For this final column, I invite you to join with in prayerful, thankful rejoicing as we march into a new year.
Heavenly Father, Giver of all good and perfect gifts, we humbly praise you. Our hearts grieve over the losses change brings but not with the grief of those who have no hope. Though we are tempted to fear change and hold tight to what is seen, we choose to trust in Your perfect will. Fill our minds with understanding of the power, perfection and passionate love You continually pour into our lives. Grow our faith in You that our lives will ever proclaim the victory of Christ. May every change that casts a shadow in our life be pushed aside by the Holy Spirit to reveal more of Your Glory. We praise you that change and loss simply allow our hearts to have more room for You. May thy will and thy kingdom come. We wait in praise-filled joy for the final change that ushers in Your unending Kingdom.
In Christ’s Holy name we pray, Amen.