Malachi 3: 6a "For I am the Lord, I do not change"...
A while ago, I mentioned to Janet that I'd discovered one of our longtime friends was celebrating a milestone birthday and we should get a card. Janet agreed and we visited a Hallmark store. This "milestone" birthday is one of those birthdays where only a humorous card poking fun about aging would do. We knew our friend could handle the ribbing.
We searched for a while, (you can spend a lot of time looking for just the right card), sharing with each other the really funny messages in the cards we looked at; it was great fun. But then Janet found the "perfect card" for our friend; a card we both agreed our friend would find amusing. I think you'll find it amusing too. The heading on the card reads: "Top Ten Hymns for People Your Age". The top ten hymns are listed as follows: (Please note the ever so slight variations of the titles)
10. IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL, (But my back aches a lot)
9. NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I HAVE SEEING
8. AMAZING GRACE (considering my age)
7. JUST A SLOWER WALK WITH THEE
6. COUNT YOUR MANY BIRTHDAYS, NAME THEM ONE BY ONE
5. GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN--- AND SPEAK UP!
4. GIVE ME THAT OLD TIMER'S RELIGION
3. BLESSED INSURANCE, THE HARTFORD IS MINE
2. GUIDE ME, O THOU GREAT JEHOVAH (I've forgotten where I parked)
And the #1 hymn for people your age is... NEARER, MY GOD, TO THEE
Life often faces us with many changes and most of those "changes" aren't bad at all. Change is a part of life. Have you faced any changes in your life this past year? There is one thing however, that won't change or ever will, and that's God. God is unchangeable. God never changes. He is truthful, always has been, always will be. And God's purposes never change either. What God does in the context of time, God planned from eternity so nothing ever takes God by surprise. And, most of all, God's love for you will never change either. God's love is constant, sure, and certain.
I hope you find these thoughts as comforting as I do. As my life, body, and the world around me changes so rapidly, how reassuring it is to know God is faithful and unchanging. We can always trust him.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor George Kaden