This past month we experienced the first of the storms of the season. It arrived with high winds and driving rain and wreaked havoc on our transport system; delaying trains, cancelling ferries and closing roads to traffic.
With the storm came change. It was change that could not have precisely been predicted, but came it did; manifesting itself in the falling of trees and damage to property. After this storm, that had altered so many people’s plans, the landscape was found to be altered too.
I suppose what was experienced in the storm illustrates something of how change, in general, can come upon us. Like the storm, it can be unpredictable; at best bringing inconvenience and at worst filling us with real fear for ourselves and our loved ones.
But not all change is like this. Some changes are planned and structured. This is the sort of change both the Diocese and Bishop Gregor will face this month when he retires as our Diocesan Bishop.
The fact that this is planned, though, does not guarantee that all of us will be free of fear and unsettled feelings. Change, whether planned or sprung upon us, is a scary thing. It reminds us of the precarious nature of our frail human existence as it pulls the rug from under us and opens up an unknown future to us.
Change, though, is part of the fabric of life itself. All living things must experience it. By it, new possibilities arise and new life can spring forth.
Our Christian faith compels us, at all times, to place our trust in God who never ceases to be love, as this prayer from the night office of Compline suggests:
Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours
of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and
chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Yours in the faith,