“No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him …” 1 Corinthians 2:9
I just received word from my friend and prayer sister, Karen, that her church will be leaving the AFLC for a different Lutheran denomination. This means that after October, she will not be managing the prayer partner program I have been part of for a number of years. Karen and some of the other ladies I have met through the program have been an inspiration and a blessing in my life. I feel sad that it is ending. I know we will stay in touch, but things won’t be exactly the same.
This has caused me to reflect on other times in my life when something that has really blessed me has come to an end. My husband and I joined a church when we were a young married couple and stayed there for over twenty years. It is the place where I felt I truly grew up and matured as a Christian. I made wonderful friends and learned so much about how to lead a Christian life. When Terry became a Pastor, we had to leave that safe and nurturing home. I was sad then, also.
At one point in my life, I joined a neighborhood Bible Study. I met women we lived nearby but belonged to different denominations. The woman who led it was a more mature Christian than I was then. At the time I had young children, a job and found myself like Martha, “distracted and worried about many things.” A wonderful sense of peace would descend on me when I walked in her door each week. I so needed that. Of course, in time, people moved, schedules changed, and the study could not continue.
This reverie is leading me around to the realization that yes, blessings end; but God still has good things in store. He knows what we need as individuals and churches, and in His perfect timing, we will receive them. Each time I have “lost” a blessing, God has replaced it with something else new and challenging. So while we can be sad when things change, we need to look forward to the next blessing God has prepared for us.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness” Lamentations 3:22-23