MONDAY – DECEMBER 30, 2013

2 CORINTHIANS 4:16-18

16 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18 because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

Things change…as parents we have watched our children change as they have grown up, from infants, to toddlers, to school-age kids, and then teens…and for some of us we have seen our children move into young adulthood…

As our children grow up and change, every day can bring something new…yet one thing remains the same: they will always be our children, and we will always love them. 

God loves us in the same way…as a perfect parent would, despite our changes, missteps, and even the occasional rebellion, God’s love, like ours for our children, never fails…it is, as is noted in today’s reading: eternal! 

Our lives as single parents can sometimes be tough, but they can often be filled with joy as well; however, life seldom stays the same as we are often presented with new challenges, as well as new adventures and joys as our children grow.  Sometimes these changes can come suddenly, and be hard to handle on our own, but the good news is that we do not handle these things alone…we have our faith in the love of God for us, and for our children to support us; and, if we are fortunate, we also have the support of others in our lives to help us through the rough patches: other parents, family and friends, who have met the same challenges, and gone through the same changes, can help us to continue to move forward with our own children. 

In the same way, we can also help others, who are experiencing the changes that we have already gone through;  it is by sharing our experience, strength and faith in this way that we carry the light of God’s love and grace to all who need this message of hope in their lives. 

And this includes the lives of our children, who first learn about faith and the power of God’s love from us. 

Today, as we approach the end of one year, and the beginning of a new one, we are in flux…change is inevitable, and in some cases, welcome.  Yet, despite the change of year, and the changes we may face in our lives, and in the lives of our children, our faith can remain strong, as God’s love and grace are eternal, and always with us…and only grow the more they are shared.

Let us Pray

God, thank you for seeing us through the many changes we face in our lives.   Thank you for the joys, and for supporting us when times get tough…both through your spirit and through those who share their faith with us.  Help us to be examples of your steadfast love to our children and to all those around us…let us live our faith out loud in the midst of changing times, including the ending of the old and beginning of the new.  Let us always remember that your care and compassion for us is eternal.

Amen

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