Week beginning: 7th September, 2014

By Fiona Mahendran | Oxford

"In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end."

Psalm 102:25-27 (NIV)

Last week my family and I moved house and city and it has caused me to reflect on how we view change as Christians because change can be very unsettling. And, at this time of year, I suspect many of us will be undergoing change. Perhaps you are a student beginning a new course. Or maybe you're starting your first – or a new – job. Perhaps you're a trainee or a pupil, changing seats or getting on your feet for the first time. Possibly, you're even coming to work for the first time this morning as a qualified solicitor or barrister.

Change can be unsettling and change can be daunting. But the Psalmist reminds us this morning that in a world of change, God is the one person who remains the same. He is eternal and his years will never end. And this same God, cares for us as His children, whatever new challenges lie ahead. What a wonderfully encouraging and peace-bringing reminder that is in the face of change. And, even if we are coming back to exactly the same situation this Monday morning as we have been in for some time now, this is a truth worth reminding ourselves of at the beginning of a new week.

In the run up to our move, our children learnt a song which reminded them of this truth. It goes like this: "Be strong and courageous, The Lord of the Ages, Holds all his little ones, Safe by his side."*

May the knowledge of this truth give us strength and peace this Monday morning.

* Be Strong and Courageous by Colin Buchanan

Prayer Points:

Give thanks that whatever happens this week, God's care for us never changes whatever challenges lie ahead.

Pray for all our members who are going through change at the moment whether at home, work or in their studies and that they may know God's peace during this time.