From the desk of… “The One who never changes”

by Susan Harfoot, Colonel

While creating a picture Christmas card, my mother and I reflected on Christmases past. We started singing the old Sunday school song, “Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same; we may change but Jesus never; glory to his name.”

As we selected photos for her greeting, we found pictures of mother as an infant, a teenager, and one taken last Christmas—she’s 84 years young. We laughed and cried that day as we recalled the changes life has brought both of us. Gray hair and wrinkles, aches and pain, loneliness and loss have become a way of life for her. Change—it’s not easy and it never stops. Isn’t it good to know that God never changes? Malachi 3:6 says, For I am the Lord, I change not.

What changes have you experienced lately? All of us will someday face a change in a relationship, a change in our health. For some there may be a change in employment, finances, or a new living situation. Change often comes unexpectedly.

There is one thing that never changes—God—he is our constant. He promises: companionship (Deut. 31:6) God will never leave you nor forsake you; acceptance (Psalm 94:14) The Lord will not reject his people; he will not abandon his special possession; rest and reassurance (Exodus 3:14) to Moses he said, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you”; confidence (Joshua 1:5) to Joshua he said, “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you”; care in times of chaos (Isaiah 43:2) “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you”; and finally, God gives protection, comfort and restoration (Psalm 23).

Change: No need to worry. We may change, but Jesus…never. Glory to his name.

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