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A Devotion on Change

October 1, 2014

Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.

Around June 1, 2014, 22-year-old Gregory Polanco was called up from the minor leagues to play right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates, because he was hitting the cover off the ball in the minors. In his first 12 games as a big leaguer he got a hit each and every game. After three weeks he was hitting .360. However, after six weeks he was hitting only .260 having gone several games without a hit.

What happened? What changed? Baseball didn’t change. Three strikes and you're out. Four balls and you walk. Hit a fair ball over the fence and you have a home run. What did change was that the pitchers found some of Gregory's weaknesses, and they were pitching him differently and the defenses were learning to position better against him. To become a good major league hitter for the rest of his career, Gregory will need to accept these changes and adjust to them.

We’re all pretty sure he’ll do just that.

Aging brings changes to all of us. Early in life we look forward to and like changes. Early in life changes mean becoming stronger physically, more knowledgeable about life and how it works, being presented with all kinds of opportunities to do things and go places. Later in life changes don't seem so attractive. Then changes mean a decline in health and strength, a loss of memory, giving up our comfortable life, eliminating activities and limiting the places we can go to.

Aging, however, does not change God and what he has done for us. God still is the Creator and Ruler over the universe. Jesus still remains the One and only Savior of mankind. The Holy Spirit still leads people to faith and holds them in it. The Triune God is still the only one to serve.

As one aging person said, "When I see the meaning of life in God's love through Christ, I find grace and strength to accept the changes in my life as I age."

From the hymn "Abide With Me" - Change and decay in all around I see; O Thou who changest not (God) abide with me.

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