March 5, 2013

Changes coming upon us

By Jodi H. Beyeler, assistant director of communications and marketing
SCRIPTURE: Joshua 5:9-12 (NRSV)
DEVOTIONAL:

Changes coming upon us
It keeps moving, moving around us
Got to keep dancing knowing
He loves us
Got to keep joy in our hearts
– song lyrics from “Changes” by Jim Croegaert (listen to the whole song here)

The winds of change are indeed swirling around us on every level. You can notice it in your own decreased energy. You can feel it after a telephone call from a friend who just lost her job. You can hear it in the news from Wall Street and the White House. You can wonder about it as flowers begin to bloom and robins appear in January in Northern Indiana.

The fear of change can overwhelm us, paralyze us and keep us from living. But that is not our only option.

Changes on this journey to the Promised Land – even when the rules change and nothing is predictable anymore – also mean that everything is about to become new. Life is about to emerge from death. That is God’s promise.

Even as change sweeps over us, can we be ashamed no more? Can we give up what is holding us back or holding us down? Can we move towards the Good News of Jesus Christ? Can we keep joy in our hearts?

SCRIPTURE: Joshua 5:9-12 (NRSV)
The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.’ And so that place is called Gilgal to this day.
While the Israelites were encamped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho. On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.

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Comments (16)

  1. Thanks, Jodi, for your words this morning…they have touched my soul and will help me face the fear of the changes in my life that I am facing. Blessings to YOU!

    Karen Ellis March 5, 2013 |
  2. Jodi, I appreciated the meditation and also enjoyed the music! Thanks. Ora

    Ora Troyer March 5, 2013 |
  3. Thanks for the beautiful reminder that God is present in the midst of change and that change opens up space for new things.

    Betty S. March 5, 2013 |
  4. one of the best
    really enjoyed being able to hear the music
    mitchell jones

    mitchell jones March 5, 2013 |
  5. Your words brought inspiration and nourishment to my soul, Jodi. Thanks!

    Rita MILLER March 5, 2013 |
  6. What a treat—Jim Croegaert and the assurance that in the big picture all is always becoming new. As the lyrics say—it’s a hard job making us holy and as you say—fear is not our only option.

    Joan March 5, 2013 |
  7. Thanks Jodi, for introducing me to this particular song by Jim Croegaert. The two lines about “keeping joy in our heart” and “there will be faces, carrying sunshine” are particularly meaningful for me today.
    I think I listened to the song at least 5 times. Blessings!

    Jep Hostetler March 5, 2013 |
  8. What a lovely way to start the day – thanks for this reminder Jodi!

    Tamara Shantz March 5, 2013 |
  9. This song blessed our hearts. A true inspiration. Thank you.
    John Souder from Pa.

    John Souder March 5, 2013 |
  10. Great message and song!

    Flo Harnish March 5, 2013 |
  11. The graphics, the words, the music, the message helped prepare me for my day.

    Ruth March 5, 2013 |
  12. Thank you, Jodi. Your words and the song captivated me. I found the lyrics for all the verses in the May 1, 2011, issue of “The Mennonite” in a column by Donna Mast.

    Rachel Nafziger Hartzler March 5, 2013 |
  13. Can we move towards the Good News? Keep joy in our hearts? Of course we can Jodi, and we must! Change can and does threaten us. But it also means renewal. Does it put us off center? Yeah, but if we ‘go with the flow’ who knows where that will take us! So thanks, and enjoy the journey!

    Debbie Lackowitz March 5, 2013 |
  14. Thanks for the wonderful words of encouragement both from you and the song. I will share this with others. Peace to you.

    Mary March 5, 2013 |
  15. God’s timing is amazing. I had spent many hours in dialogue yesterday and today with my son re: the changes that he is going through in his marriage and parenting. Jim’s song about changes and your words really spoke to our condition as i forwarded it to him as well. We knew Jim from Reba Place Fellowship in the Early 70’s and knew the song, It brought tears to my eyes. The joy you brought at this particular moment is helping the healing! .

    John Hackman March 5, 2013 |
  16. Very beautiful and inspirational. Thanks for thoughts and music that linger on.

    Irene

    Irene March 5, 2013 |