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Eric's Sunday Sermon: Changes
Children change into bigger children and buds turn into flowers.
That which is good may be bad, in a way.
Two things are certain in life. There will be changes. We will resist changes. Not all change is good but some change is good. Let us look at change. Some change we accept willingly. A jail door being opened. Winning the lottery. Marriage maybe;-) A new child. A promotion or even just a job.
I think you see where I am going here. Even though the change might seem marvelous and wonderful there is still some trepidation and resistance that goes on in our mind. I am sure it is hard for the "normal" person to understand the fear of an inmate being released but it is there. On the "inside" there is routine and in fact usually security in knowing where the next meal comes from and where you will lay your head down to sleep. Illnesses are taken care of and there is a certain camaraderie built in if only by association. There is a sense of structure that is lacking in "freedom". And there are so many uncertainties built into the outside world it can be frightening.
Having a child seems all wonderful and great until we really are struck with the notion of having someone completely dependent on us for survival, not to mention thriving. And the expense and alteration of lifestyle - Oh My! Insecurity and worry sets in and we become excited yet fearful nonetheless.
Marriage is not to be taken lightly. The vow remains the same "until death do us part" Holy cow! And again: Insecurity and worry sets in and we become excited yet fearful nonetheless.
How many stories have we heard where the poor person winning the lottery has their life destroyed and made worse. And again: Insecurity and worry sets in and we become excited yet fearful nonetheless.
Even good change and what appear to be blessings cause us worry and insecurity and all that go with those twin devils. Release yourself from those bonds and make a change, not just in you.
The ocean changes constantly.
Boy o Boyo do we change.
Take water for instance.
Ice is frozen water. Rain is falling water. Seas are salty water. Rivers are flowing water. We are made up of about 60% water. Urine is digested water with waste. Dew is condensation water and wells are underground water. Steam is gaseous water. And tap water is often not suitable to drink.
Water is constantly changing and yet in each form it is essential to our survival.
This example is to remind us that change is inevitable and in everything around us. Seasons change continuously thank goodness. The earth rotates and sunshine turns into dark and there is a time to sleep and a time to wake. We begin young and we hopefully end old. And egg is raw and we change it to cooked in order to eat it. Buds become leaves and yet by a year they have fallen to the ground and begun to become earth again. All things new are made of the old and all things old are made of the new.
So where does silly old mankind get off trying to resist change. A plant that is not growing and changing is changing nevertheless and withering and dying. The same for four legged and two legged animals that walk the earth and the fish in the sea.
Fatalism is not an answer!
Oh what is the use? My goodness there is nothing I can do! I can't stop or control the inevitable!
It is not the natural fact of change that we must bridle against it is our surrender and lack of impact that is a crime against our humanity. There is a wonderful term that comes from the Latin ancients: Carpe Diem - generally meaning; seize the day. Combined with Tempus fugit which generally means that time flies. So we have tempus fugit carpe diem. Meaning time is fleeting and so we must do what we can today. That is the sentiment we must maintain in our hearts. This is the way we must view the process of change. We must endeavor to be "a part of" and help to shape and mold our and other's future. We must keep our eye firmly on the ball and not lose sight of the challenges that face us. We must pray and meditate and strive to know the will of our supreme being and that is not good enough, we must act to create change that is within the divine.
Change the life of one woman. Reach out to one child and know that the change was not left to chance but rather to a purpose which is good and pleasing to our God. If that is just to hard for you, then change things for the purpose of betterment of your humankind and for that which stands the test of time and that is good.
So we are not to sit and wring our hands an await and then be fearful of change. We are designed and created to make the changes before they just happen. We as fellow humans are cut from a cloth of change. We must embrace it and fashion it to a higher purpose rather than simply our own survival in a status quo.
This bride and that little pumpkin head changed my life for the better.
A note for historians and Christians.
Because of events about 2,000 years ago a whole people have been raised up under grace and faith. There were laws that condemned us and restricted us. In just four books over 600 laws not to mention commandments and precepts and dictates. By the birth of a child and his preaching and death and resurrection the law became a guide and a gift. A whole faith was transformed or should we say changed. Today that faith requires us to repent and repent merely means to acknowledge and to walk and talk a changed way.
I need to change. I do not want to. I am comfy. But I shall ask for guidance and I shall make endeavor to change. It is the least I can do for those that love me.
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