Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Grass and flowers. Reminders and reassurance.

This year our church has been celebrating our 150th anniversary. Over the past several months we have taken time to reflect and remember what God has done among us for a century and a half. Each of our three previous celebrations has been a time of looking back. It has been informative, enlightening and inspirational to see how God has been at work among our church family. God has shown His faithfulness through times of war, disaster and tragedy as well as in times of joy, victory and celebration. God indeed is the God who never changes. Psalm 102:27 says of God, “But you remain the same, and your years will never end;” Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever;” Psalm 119:89 says, “Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens;” and 1 Peter 1:24-25 tells us, “the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.”
With our next celebration service on October 9, we look forward. My hope and prayer is that our look back will propel us forward. The reminder of God’s faithfulness in our past becomes our reassurance of God’s faithfulness for our future. Every generation struggles with change, especially, it seems, in the church. Big changes have been made over the past 150 years, in our own lifetime, and even in the past few years, months or even weeks. What can we count on in the next 50 years of our church’s life? Change. What can you count on in your own life? Change. But we can also count on the fact that we are created by and serve a God who does not change. We can count on the fact that His Word is eternal and stands firm forever.
A lot of things change. Through 150 years of church history in Marshfield, Missouri there has been a lot of “grass and flowers” which Peter wrote about, but what has been consistent, and what will take us through the next 50 years or until Jesus’ return is the unchanging Word of God. It’s a good reminder – and great reassurance!

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