Isaiah 65:17- 19
17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.
19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress.
As single parents, we know a lot about change as it seems like our lives and the lives of our children are constantly in flux! We have had to adjust to parenthood itself, and then to being single parents. In addition, we have watched our children grow and learn, becoming more independent with each year or even week that went by. We have learned that if we do not like something the way it is (or even if we do), we just need to wait a little while and it will change.
And this can be a problem, as change can be difficult for many of us!
But this is normal, as change can be hard on us, even when the change is for a good reason, because we like to keep things steady, until ‘steady’ doesn’t work any longer. A wise person once told me that most of what we give up is covered in claw-marks from holding on so tightly to what we know. Change can be scary, as it can be a trip into unknown territory, and because we often do not know how to handle the new and the unfamiliar.
Whether partnered or single, if we think things will always stay the same when raising children we are sorely mistaken, the only difference with being single is that we have to ride the currents of change without the help of the other parent; however, we do have the help and support of other parents, and other people in our lives, who have faced similar changes, and can offer us advice and direction when these currents take us into unchartered territory.
While many changes are for the better, like when our kids learn to walk, ride a bike, drive, or become good at a sport, game or show some artistic ability, some changes are not so good, especially if our kids get caught up with friends or activities that lead them down a dangerous path and they make choices which could have a devastating impact on their lives.
Yet, even when these changes are not for the best, there is good news for us in today’s scripture, in the promise that God’s love will transform our lives and the world, and make all things new, restoring what was broken, and changing the hopeless to the hopeful! Today’s scripture reminds us that God loves us like a perfect parent, never wanting us to know sadness or pain. In the message of today’s scripture there is the promise of healing and of new life, a promise fulfilled in Christ, who made all things new in his death and resurrection, the ultimate act of God’s love for us!
Just sorry of the crucifixion led to the joy of Easter, the hard changes that we and our children may have gone through our lives can led us to a faith that works, a faith that can give us hope, as these changes can cause us to reach out to one another in support, giving us new resources for facing the challenges of life!
For it is when we share our faith together that we can handle changes that we could never face alone, even when these changes seem to take a long time, as any journey is easier when it is shared. In the same way our joy is also better when it is shared with each other, as it is together that we can truly celebrate when these changes have passed, and we have been brought each other through the bad times, and into the light of hope, where we can find relief from distress or worry!
Let us Pray:
Dear God, thank you for your promise of love, support and of hope given to us in Christ. Please help us to share this promise with each other as we face changes in lives and in ourselves. Let us forgive ourselves for those times when we fear change and want to hold on to what we are familiar with! Give us the courage to let go, and the strength to ask others for guidance when we are not sure how to navigate the currents of change. Help us to find hope in knowing that your gracious love surrounds us always, and is an active force in our lives…making all things new!