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In the Midst of Changing Ways

December 8, 2020

“Our Calling hasn’t changed,” says Ian Gilchrist, “only our Circumstances have.”

He’s the lead pastor of Grace Chapel in Fairview, TN, and it’s with his graciously expressed permission that I can share it with you here.

He speaks for untold numbers of us. Again: “Our Calling hasn’t changed, only our Circumstances have.”

And yet: There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself. (Hebrews 13:8)

And He is our foundation than never shakes.

A song reminds us,

God of change and glory,
God of time and space,
When we fear the future,
Give to us your grace.
In the midst of changing ways
Give us still the grace to praise.

Chorus: Many gifts, one Spirit,
One love known in many ways.
In our difference is blessing,
From diversity we praise
One Giver, one Lord,
One Spirit, one Word
Known in many ways,
Hallowing our days.
For the Giver, for the gifts,
Praise, praise, praise!

COVID-19 has not changed who God’s calling us to be, nor what God’s calling us to do.

The form may have changed but the content has not. Pastor Ian’s soooo right: “Our Calling hasn’t changed, only our Circumstances have.”

Pop Quiz:

1. What’s one thing all of this is pointing you to do today?

2. Time’s up; start doing that now.

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One Comment
  1. Naomi Roberts permalink

    We are to connect with others. Whether we do it by phone, mail, email, or text, we are to connect with others and be the church.


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