Malachi 3:6 “For I, the Lord, do not change…”
Change, change, change! The world is full of constant change. The seasons change, the weather changes, circumstances change, relationships change, and on and on the never-ending cycle goes.
As you children grow older the winds of change blow ever stronger on our family structure. John-Keith and Naomi will spend Christmas in another state. Little Ruby who was born in June will fill a new spot. As the years pass change will always be present. Many will be spending the holiday mourning the loss of a loved one while others will welcome new members to the family.
As a mother who has always loved having my children around (remember how my favorite part of any trip was when we all were safely crammed in the car together), these changes are difficult. Though the future is bright, the valley of change is not comfortable.
That is why I am so thankful that our God never changes. In the midst of the upheaval of life there is a perfect constant. There is Someone Who will never leave nor forsake. There is Someone Who will never change His mind or forget. There is Someone Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And He is not affected in the least by any shift of circumstance.
Yet change in the human realm is not a bad thing. Change brings about new relationships and opportunities. Change provides us the ability to turn from sinful acts and attitudes and go another direction. Change affords the opportunity to grow in grace and knowledge. Change means ultimately, for believers in Christ, a departure from a world of sin and sadness to a new home where we will be forever with the Lord.
Yes, it’s going to be a different kind of Christmas this year – different but good. Wherever we are and whatever we are doing, we can focus on our perfect, unchanging God. He made it possible for all of us Who believe in Him to spend eternity together with Him in His (and our) heavenly home. We will all be safely there together with Him – and that truly is my favorite part. — Love, Mama
Sandra Sheridan is a Midwest wife and mother of five. She shares her letters to her children with our readers. Visit her at www.VersesFromMama.com.