The photo app on my phone regularly sends me pictures from the past, maybe family gatherings from a year ago or a vacation trip in 2015. It’s fun to remember those days and experiences. It also is a poignant reminder of how things change. Children grow up to have families of their own. Hikes which were effortless ten years ago are now less realistic. We all change over time. That is why Solomon urges, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth….Remember him—before the silver cord is severed” (Eccl. 12:1, 6).
Changelessness sets God apart from us human beings. The Father who made all things simply by saying the word is still the God whose providence sustains all life to this very moment. “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing” (Ps. 145:15-16). The Son of God who became our brother to live and die as our Savior from sin is still the same. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:7). The Holy Spirit who came to dwell within us at our baptism hasn’t changed His mind about His work of preserving us in the one true faith. “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6).
The more things change, the more we can count on God and His Word never changing. Where will we put our trust? “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Lk. 21:33). By faith in the unchanging God and His grace, we don’t have to fear the changes in life. Let us instead meet them with the confidence that “nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39).
Yours in Jesus’ name,
Services tomorrow are at 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. The 8:00 a.m. service will be live-streamed on YouTube:
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From the Messiah Tech Committee…
Sunday Live Stream
The Tech Committee is ending our service with Ustream at the end of June. This month, the service will continue to be available on both YouTube and Ustream. Beginning the first Sunday of July (July 5th), the online service will no longer be available on Ustream. We ask that those of you still using Ustream try out the service on YouTube to make sure it will work for you. If you encounter any issues viewing the service on YouTube, or have any questions/concerns about the switch, please contact the Board of Education. They will relay any concerns to the appropriate Tech Committee members.
Messiah’s YouTube channel can be found at the address listed below. You can also find it by clicking the red YouTube icon on the top right corner of Messiah’s website. In addition, if you are viewing the service on a smart TV or other non-computer device, you can search in the YouTube app for “Messiah Lutheran Hales Corners”, our channel name.