The seasons have changed. Our Jewish brothers and sisters enter this month celebrating a new year followed by the day of atonement. They honor the God that has brought them through another year. In reconciling all that has happened through the course of the year and allowing God to blot out, erase and remove all that is not like Him, their recommitment comes from a place that has been refreshed, revived, and restored. October represents so much for so many.
Survivors of breast cancer and other seemingly terminal diseases have allotted this month to remember, recognize, honor, and praise the God that was with them as they fac ed death, conquered, and overcame. They have seen and endured the worst and are still here to tell the story. We would be, at the very least, negligent, if we didn’t take some time to acknowledge these amazing people who have suffered and survived.
It is also “Clergy Appreciation Month.” With a church family that loves their leaders, we have to take a moment to let them know how much we love and appreciate all that they are and all that they do. We also have the joy of celebrating our own Overseer, Rev. Robert L. Burgess. During this month, he will celebrate 93 years. An amazing example of life as a man, a servant, and a leader. He has served his family, his community, his country and his church faithfully. A heartfelt “Happy Birthday” to a man that we have all come to love, admire and respect.
Times change, seasons change, styles change, even people change. However, God, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever remains the same (Hebrews 13:8). He is the God who is love (1 John 4:8) and continues to love us with a love that heals, covers and delivers. The God who has created us in His image and after His likeness (Genesis 1:26). The God who has begun a work in us and promised to perform it (Philippians 1:6). The God in whom we find life, love, and liberty. The God who has promised that if we abide in Him and His word (remain, stay, continue) in us, then we can ask what we will, it shall be given (John 15:7).
As much as things may change, He is the same.