The world changes; God’s presence does not

By  David Sperstad

Pastor First  Lutheran Church, Little Falls

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” Daniel 2:20-21

It is September and we are now witnesses to God’s beautiful transition of seasons from summer into fall. The fields of corn surrounding our communities have changed from a deep rich green to harvest gold. Trees in the groves and wooded areas are yielding their cool summer colors to brilliant yellows and reds. More temperate days are followed by cooler evenings. Once again we are experiencing “good sleeping weather.”

As schools have opened children and parents have changed their schedules. Bed- times are earlier, and morning activities greet bleary-eyed children just a bit earlier then they had during the summer. Changes are occurring in local churches as well. Sunday school and confirmation classes have begun, or are soon to begin. Some congregations are beginning new Bible studies, or stewardship campaigns begin.

This autumn the landscape of our neighborhoods has changed as yard signs encouraging the support of political candidates and positions pop up in our neighborhoods. In this political season, we are bombarded with messages encouraging us either to make a change or stay the course.

And no matter the season, sometimes change occurs in our lives that comes to us unexpectedly and even unwanted. In these times of change we are caught unaware and thrown off-balance. Tragedy strikes, such as that which occurred 11 years ago Sept. 11 and the whole world is changed.

In the midst of all of the change we are experiencing, stands one who “changest not” as the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” proclaims. Our gracious God leads and guides our journey in the midst of change. God is the one who blesses the harvest of once green fields that have changed to gold. It is God’s handiwork, which paints the colors of the leaves which have turned into their fiery autumn colors. Providing gifts of wisdom and understanding, God’s hand is involved in shaping the political landscape to raise leaders who protect and preserve the blessings of freedom, justice and liberty. And when change occurs that throws us off course, we are invited to cling to his steadfast love and faithfulness, which will never abandon us.

As we transition from summer into autumn, may the presence of the one who does not change, bless you in the midst of all the changes life will bring.