Sunday, October 21, 2012

Change




No one likes change. Pure and simple. Some of the simplest changes can throw a normally calm, cool, and collected person into a maniac. We all like things to stay the same. Go ahead, throw something completely unexpected into your schedule, and watch what happens. Like a sudden change in a doctor's appointment. Or, turning forty. Or let’s say, coming home and finding that your kitchen light is no longer working. How many times do we flip the switch until we give up and accept that we need a new one? So let's get a bit more invasive. How about a change in jobs? New people, new expectations, new tasks, and responsibilities. Or how about a change in health which requires a complete change in lifestyle for you? A new diet, medication, limited activity, hospitalization, or a terminal illness. We don't even want to go there. I pray you would find strength and comfort wherever you are in the process of what we call life.

So what is your change at this time in your life? How will you respond? Will you panic? Yes, maybe at first. Will you keep trying to make it work? Probably. Will you turn it over to God? Not right away. With change comes loss and grief and then a feeling of disconnect and drifting endlessly, feeling as if things will never settle. That takes time, my friend. So be gentle on yourself, and be gentle on others. Just know God is with you, and that you are loved. Open your heart and mind up to whatever God has for you right now. Yes, turn it over. Cry on God's shoulder. Cling to God's promises for you. And, never ever forget that you are loved very deeply by so many people—family, friends, and co-workers. You are important, needed, and loved.

Always remember that somehow, some way, and somewhere, you will find your bearings again. You will be stronger, more focused, and more compassionate. And with change, there is always a new beginning; and with that comes something to look forward to. But it all takes time. So don't give up! Keep pressing! Keep hoping! Keep believing!

I am praying for you!
Chaplain Nancy
 
 


4 comments:

  1. Well said, Nancy!

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    1. Thank you. I love to write. It is rewarding when I hear people are encouraged by what I say. It just flows out of my pen like a rushing stream at times. A gift....

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  2. thank you for sharing your strength

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    1. How are things with you? Is there something I can pray with you about?

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