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Life Changes

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“It is well for us that, amidst all the variableness of life, there is One whom change cannot affect;  One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow mutability can make no furrows.”

Charles Spurgeon

Have you ever heard of entropy?  It comes from a principle of thermodynamics and refers to the idea that everything in the universe moves from order to disorder.  This makes perfect sense to me:  it’s what happened when sin entered the world.  Left on our own, mankind gradually disintegrates into more and more sinful behavior.  As we age, our bodies are subject to the results of sin as well–sickness and death eventually overtake what God has “fearfully and wonderfully made.”  The people closest to us, the ones we love and depend upon, will all die.  We will die as well.

Thankfully in life there is one person who doesn’t change;  one person that we can count on forever.  In Hebrews 13:8 we are told:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 assures us:

“…for it is the Lord your God who goes with you;  He will not fail you or forsake you.”

In a world of change, I need to remind myself every day to choose the unchangeable and focus my mind on the unseen.  I want to be able to say along with Martin Luther:

“Let goods and kindred go, This mortal life also;

The body they may kill:  God’s truth abideth still,

His kingdom is forever.”

from the hymn ‘A Mighty Fortress.’

 

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The Story of “Abide With Me”

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ABIDE WITH ME v.2

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day.

Earth’s joys grow dim; It’s glories pass away

Change and decay In all around I see:

O Thou, who changest not, abide with me!

This hymn was written by Henry Francis Lyte, who was vicar in the fishing village of Lower Brixham, Devonshire, England in 1847.  He suffered from a lung condition which deteriorated into tuberculosis.  After preaching his last sermon before leaving for a holiday in Italy, he walked along the coast in quiet prayer, then retired to his room, emerging an hour later with the hymn, “Abide With Me.”  His diseased lungs gave out a few months later.  “Abide With Me” was first sung at his memorial service.

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