By Deb Crowley of Urbandale, IA, USA
The Lord is just in all ways, and kind in all doings. The Lord is near to all who call, to all who call on God in truth. —Psalm 145:17–18 NRSV, adapted
As we loaded boxes and furniture into the truck, the house grew silent. Voices once rang through rafters. Memories were tucked in each room, each floor board, and each wall of the house where our children grew up. Now the emptiness threatened to overpower us.
Benjamin Franklin said nothing can be certain except death and taxes. I respectfully disagree by adding the certainty of change. Indeed, God ordered creation from chaos, and we continue to seek the steady state of order and peace every day.
Change is not the enemy, even though it may seem harsh and unforgiving. The sudden loss of a loved one or a job, disputes erupting into wars—all disrupt life’s equilibrium. Still, God is the constant presence that sees us through these uncomfortable times. Even positive changes cause stress—a birth, a wedding, a new job.
For our family, this change is one of choice. We do not know what the future holds in this last third of our life journey. The decision to move from our home of over thirty years, from the state where we have lived most of our lives, and away from the familiar people and places that are dear to us is to embrace change and the chaos of the unknown. The choice to be nearer grandchildren to engage in their young lives while they still want Grammie and Papa in their lives is a powerful motivator!
Our hope in Christ transcends the stress of change. There is no change that defies the potential of resurrection, no change that separates us from God without our permission.
Little arms enfolding us with hugs and the words, “I can’t wait ‘til you move to Iowa!” reinforce our choice. The voices still fill the rafters, the rafters are simply in a new place—a place filled with joy!
Prayer for Peace
You are always near, God. We need not fear change. We trust in your justice and peace.
Spiritual Practice: Making Responsible Choices
Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. The practice of discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.
Today, God, I will look for new and different ways to expand my discipleship.