October 2018
Reflections of God's Goodness

October rushes in with its changes. Sunny and warm today – brisk and cold tomorrow! Trees turn from bright green to shades of brown and orange, and soon the branches will be bare. Fall reminds me of the paschal mystery, the dying and rising reflected in nature and mirrored in our own lives.

I’m sure you’ve heard it said, “Change is a part of life,” or “Everything changes.” Change calls us to adapt and to grow, or really we could say that LIFE calls us to adapt and grow! Change is difficult. We like our comfort zone and we have to move out of it in order for change to happen. “Do not be afraid,” we are told over and over in God’s word!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord Your God will be with you wherever you go.”

When change does come, we can remember that life has an ebb and flow, a rhythm of dying and rising or as Scripture says,

“A time for everything under the sun… birth and death, beginnings and endings, war and peace, searching and giving up, building and tearing down.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

In the midst of any change, we can choose to look to God for help. We tend to focus on our circumstances, and when we do that, all we see is the world’s view. However, when we look to the Lord, we can glimpse the eternal view to help us see beyond our circumstances.

Our faith in God helps us realize that ultimately God is with us in whatever is happening. Scripture is full of stories where God is in the midst of His people and their troubles! God’s grace and love for us is the one constant in life’s sea of change and transitions. In spite of our doubts and fears, we belong to God.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Together, let us seek the Lord and place our trust in Him as we move through the changes occurring within and around us this month. And on the days when we feel out of control, let’s remember to tell God that we trust in Him.

Blessings,

 

Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN
Director of Development

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

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