Change - August 18, 2019

Our youngest daughter just bought her first car. Like a young robin falling out of her nest and instinctively flapping her wings, Monika is spreading her wings in faith. Some of us still remember purchasing our first car. A friend had to purchase a new humidifier last week and muttered on paying the same amount for his first car some forty years ago. I am making plans to leave with Monika early Monday morning driving across the north western United States and Canada, as she moves in with her older sister Shena. Shena and Nathan live in Abbotsford and are the proud parents of our two grandchildren, Esther and Reuben. Monika will be attending the Vancouver School of Art Therapy for ten months while picking up casual shifts in her field of social work. I’m reminded of the time thirteen years ago, when our oldest daughter Shena graduated from grade twelve, left for a three week Facing Your Future leadership training event through Calvin Seminary, joined us for two weeks of vacation back East, came home for a week and then left for Dordt College, where she picked up an Elementary School teaching degree. I instinctively knew that our compact little family of five children was changing, never to be the same again. Each of our three sons took the same journey of working through a four-year liberal arts degree through Dordt College, while Monika received her social work degree through Redeemer University College. All of this is taking place while we are looking to sell our home in Grimsby, and purchase in Owen Sound. While packing up my office, I realize change is something we all walk through; the birth of a child, the death of a parent, moving into a new community, the wedding of a daughter, down sizing into assisted living, graduating from grade school or high school, retiring from one’s vocation, or buying your first car. Never mind changes that come through fashion, culture, commerce, politics and technology. When change is so real all around us, I’m reminded of Hebrews 13:7,8; “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” I’m comforted by the words of James 1:17; “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be kind of first fruits of all he created.” We look forward to joining the rhythm of Sunday worship at First Christian Reformed Church in Owen Sound in a couple of weeks.          Pastor Sid

Karin Terpstra