ChangeNew Every Morning | February 8, 2020
CHANGE IS AS DIFFICULT as it is inevitable. Leading change is even harder. Pastors are often asked to produce change, but just as often they face resistance when they do it. Learning to live with and lead through change is a critical factor in the long and joyful obedience of ministry.
—James A. Harnish, Extraordinary Ministry in Ordinary Time: An Invitation to Renewal for Pastors (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
—Deuteronomy 31:8 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Undesired change is so challenging. Of course this reminds me so much of what my dad has faced these past two years. In some ways, I do feel as if I have “led” him through parts of it. But – I feel he has been able to accept the need to change – it is just so hard. God has been my strength. Seeing my mother’s deep resistance to reality and inability to consider her family members – this just further spurred me on to be aware of others and to not center on myself. I poured my heart out to God – and leaned on Him and trusted Him. I long to continue to do so.
Julie – may God continue to be with you, each day. These struggles and trials, so hard to understand – but I pray you and Megan will remain united and steadfast.
Yes, there us change we cannot resist (aging), and change we must make. My more recently discovered and long entrenched difficulty making lasting close friendships and inability to confront-mediate in certain situations are areas where I need change. Have been trying for a few years to resolve this, will reach out for help on Monday.
I think as a teacher I tried to promote change without really recognizing that. My goal was to help students find their way through their studies in ways that worked for them. We are not all good at the same thing so a variety of activities from which you could pick was offered.
Glad to learn that Mikie who had heart surgery is doing much better, seems to be on the way to recovery.
Prayers for Julie and Megan’s safety and well-being. I pray too for Marcy’s health and well-being, Mary’s mission trip, the heath and welfare of Connie, Andrea and her family, Betsy, April, Lou, Edy, and Larry as well as the entire UR family. God guide and direct us through these troubling times that we make choices that are right. Help us protect the earth on which we live. Thank You, Lord.
I have never been comfortanle with change. I lived with much and almost constant upheaval as a child and it caused me to fear and avoid change. I have had to initiate change often to improve life for myself or others. No doubt though, change which we are not the catalyst of is unnerviing.
Prayers for Jill as she continues to process Gloria’s illness and death as well as her choices throughout her decline. May God sustain Jill.
Prayers for Robert as he seeks help through a therapist who is more readily accessible and may all go well with his physical.
Prayers for physical and or emotional health for Andrea, Connie, Lou, and Marcy.
Prayers of blessing for April, Betsy, BJ, Edy, Mary and Rick.
Thank you for you prayers and kind words. I have no recourse but to remain and avoid h as much as possible. Your kind words help me through the tough times as does relying and leaniing on God.
Prayers and thank you UR