Dear Hillsdale family:

Change.  It is inevitable.  Life is full of change.  Much wanted, much dreaded.  However, our God doesn’t want us to be afraid of change.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 says. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  However, as I have gotten older I tend to resent change.  I want everything to stay nice and comfortable.  I want everyone together, comforts to endure, life to remain.  And yet, life is full of change, and I must embrace it.

Kirk and I are experiencing a lot of change in our lives.  My parents grow older, two of my adult children are moving away, and more grandchildren have been born.  We are learning to become “empty nesters” and looking to the future for our next chapter.  We deal with physical issues of getting older.  Knees hurt, shoulders ache, body changes.  Oh Lord, how can we endure?

And then the Word pops out at me, “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord Your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:6

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

I pray amidst your changes, you will take time to stabilize yourself in the constancy of the scriptures.  God will never change.  He is always there, never too busy, never too far away.

I pray for you and your family a wonderful 2019.

God bless,

Pastor Laurie