Children grow, clouds form and disperse, cash is spent, politicians come and go, tides go in and out, mince pies appear and disappear, glaciers melt. Nothing stays the same for long.

Change is unsettling, whether on the political, climate, or domestic front. Just when you think you’re settling into a tranquil state of ease, something happens to cause dis-ease or unease and ‘normal’ is no longer normal.

How do we manage change? Accept it? Learn to breathe more effectively to calm anxiety? Talk through our unease with someone we trust? Share and care?

As I type, clouds are charging across a pale blue late afternoon sky. The setting sun is illuminating the clouds, tingeing their natural white with a hint of orange and quite a bit of pale grey. Where are those clouds going in such a hurry? Below them a flock of birds fly to their roost. In an hour it will be dark and the light will have changed from an outside source – the sun, to an inside source – fairy lights.

In Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, we read, ‘I the Lord do not change.’ James in the New Testament, puts it graphically, ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.’

It was into a changing world two thousand years ago that the unchanging one came. His name? Jesus, of whom a New Testament writer said, ‘the same yesterday, today and forever.’ In an ever-shifting world we can look to him for stability.

PS Another change: some winter pictures in the Photo Gallery!


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