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God never changes

God never changes

Pastor Darryl Miller

Sand Lake/South Ensley United Methodist Churches


Sand Lake United Methodist Church 65 W Maple St, Sand Lake | (616) 636-5673
South Ensley United Methodist Church
13600 Cypress Ave., Sand Lake | (616) 636-5659

Revelation 3:8: “I know your works. Look! I have set in front of you an open door that no one can shut. You have so little power, and yet you have kept my word and haven’t denied my name” (Common English Bible).

It was about a year ago that we first received news of a growing pandemic in our world. Many of us were uncertain what to do in the situation. We churches scrambled to find ways to continue to bring God’s word to our communities and to continue to serve them. Some of our “pivots” were fairly straightforward while others looked like the path of a pinball. The term “distanced” was unfamiliar to us, especially in the context of churches. But changes were made and new forms of outreach and ministry sprung up all around. We learned that things can sometimes change overnight. But we also learned that one thing does not change—God. Over the past year the word has been preached, the hungry have been fed, those struggling have been helped and God has opened paths that we had never thought of before. Many of these paths will remain long after the pandemic has gone. 

I have many pastor friends and our churches are now widely different; some meet in person with masks and social distancing, some only virtually, ours have a drive-in service and the message is posted online—at least when it isn’t too cold for the camera to work! And all around us God is at work through His people. 

We have certainly learned not to depend on what we think of as “normal.” But hopefully we have also learned that the promises of God are faithful. When He opened the door for our ministries, nothing, not even a pandemic, can close it. Only our unwillingness to serve His people can put stumbling blocks in front of it. Trust in God’s promises. He is always with us; even if it sometimes feels like He may not be. 

Check in on a friend or neighbor. A phone call can go a long way when someone is lonely. Wave to someone today; you may be surprised how much it may mean. Share a smile. Yes, you can tell, even under a mask. And when a crazy idea to help or reach out to someone comes along, don’t ignore it. It may be God keeping His promise through you!

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