Path of Change – Good News for May 27

27 05 2009

Acts 20:28-38

At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus, “Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the Church of God that he acquired with his own Blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock. And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them.

So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and day, I unceasingly admonished each of you with tears. And now I commend you to God and to that gracious word of his that can build you up and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated. I have never wanted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You know well that these very hands have served my needs and my companions. In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said,
‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

When he had finished speaking he knelt down and prayed with them all. They were all weeping loudly as they threw their arms around Paul and kissed him, for they were deeply distressed that he had said that they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.

The Daily Path: Our daily readings over the past week have told of the sadness felt by followers of the Lord. First it’s the Apostles who feel a great sense of loss when Jesus returns to the Father in heaven. Now Jesus disciple St. Paul leaves his followers on the journey that will lead to his own execution.

In reflecting on these stories of passing, I think of my own life and the challenge of change that we all face. Sometimes we do change well. In other cases we experience difficulty. I’m going through one of those difficult periods now. Like the disciples, I’m feeling great loss for things that are no longer present in this world.

Jesus and Paul left behind a lot of sad, grieving people, but they weren’t left alone to manage their change. They were left with directions on how to carry on. Paul calls upon one such set of instructions:  “We must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

No matter how difficult my change may be, there is always someone else who is having a much tougher go of it. Rather than focusing on the “me” change, shouldn’t I put these hands to work serving someone else? 

To anyone currently dealing with change in their life: Keep the faith, baby! Join me in the belief that God is in control and allow the change to work itself out. 

Room to Chat: Can you help someone manage their change?