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Times are a changin’

Keith Caldwell CLM

Cedar Springs United  Methodist Church

140 S. Main St.

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

 

I remember my dad telling me how good the good old days were and now I tell my grandchildren things aren’t like they used to be. The fact is times do change; we live in a liminal state much of the time, neither in the past nor in the future. As Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt they kept looking back and saying, “If only we would have stayed in Egypt”! Some of the words from a song Ray Price sang are, “It’s not healthy they say to relive yesterday, but for me it’s a way to survive.” Bob Dylan tells us, “The line it is drawn, The curse it is cast, The slow one now, Will later be fast, As the present now, Will later be past, The order is rapidly fadin’, And the first one now will later be last, For the times they are a-changin’.”

Is everything changing? How do we cope with change? What is our way to survive? The fact is some things do not change. Fear of the unknown has been with humanity since the beginning of time. Anticipation can bring imaginations larger than reality could possibly be. Looking back is a normal way to cope with change and remembering the good things from days gone by is way to build great futures.

We want stability, but what can be stable? What can be constant and not changing? What can we count on? For many of us God is the stability that helps us face the future. He is a God of love that sent His Son to teach us and to die for us, this is the God that gives us a Holy Spirit to comfort and guide us, the great God of love and hope. In Matthew 10:28-32 (NRSV) it says, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell, Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” 

Yes the “Times are a Changin’,” but God’s love is forever.

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