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Be ready for change

Pastor Darryl Miller 

Sand Lake / South Ensley United Methodist Churches 

616-636-5659 email: seumc@charter.net or find us on Facebook

“There is a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, Common English Bible). 

I have used a dreidel as an object lesson in the past. It is a simple four-sided top that you can spin and then follow the directions of the side that is up when it stops. The game is played at Hanukkah with gelt chocolate coins.

There are a number of interesting stories about this innocuous toy that are fascinating. In the legends, the four letters on the dreidel spell out the miracle of Hanukkah. The Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hey and shin stand for Nes Gadol Haya Sham (a great miracle happened there). While a “Jerusalem” dreidel changes the last letter and corresponding word to “Here” since that is where the miracle occurred. Even in times of oppression when the people were banned from teaching or practicing their religion, they were able to remind and teach their history in secret with this little toy as well as other means. 

The point is that the scriptures tell us to be ready for change. Things will change in our lives and in our world. Some will be good changes while others will not be. But God’s promise is that He will be with us through it all. And of all of the things in our life, He is the only part of our lives that will not change: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 CEB). 

God provided an avenue for the people to teach and remember God’s presence in their history. In addition, today He will provide whatever we need to keep teaching, remembering, reaching out, and evangelizing even during a pandemic. Yes, it looks different and we don’t like change. Yes, it’s hard learning all the new tools that we need to stay in touch and together. But God has provided these tools as well. I have seen many examples of programs for outreach, feeding those in need and the like. There were classes on online communication and ministry, and other things that were started before all this hit. So many things were already in place beforehand that it seemed a miracle–and they were miracles. On the other hand, put another way, God kept His promises. Even though things changed, He gave us the tools, skills, and the means to continue to serve one another.

We are not alone in this; God’s promise to be with us will never change. And neither will His awesome love for you.

Please stay safe, remember that a friendly phone call can mean a lot to someone. 

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