Homecomings and Change

Because I choose to live in a place that’s 1,400 miles from my hometown, my vacations are most often homecomings. This year was no different, and the kids and I just recently returned from 9 days in the breathtaking mountains of Vermont, the Northeast Kingdom as those of us from northeastern Vermont affectionately call it.

Going “home” for a visit is always a special gift from God. Both of my parents have already passed on to their own ultimate, Homecoming with Our Father in Heaven, which makes my time with my only sibling especially precious. Kevin is the kind of person who makes it easy to believe in the goodness of Our Lord; he’s generous, gifted, strong of character, and, for me, a truly restful presence, much like the mountains among which we grew up. Even more wonderful is the fact that Kevin now lives in our childhood home. Although he’s made many changes to the building itself, the personality of the house—and the fantastic memories we’ve made there—remain unchanged.

Change, especially when it happens to somewhere or something, beloved to us that we count on to be familiar and comforting, can be very difficult. Even good change can be challenging. Homecomings are sometimes bittersweet, because nothing ever stays the same, even when we most want it to.

Trust in God’s Providence at work in our lives is one sure way to ease some of the anxiety that comes from change. As we hear in our second reading today, “In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth” (Eph. 1:7).

We only want the best for our loved ones, and likewise, God, to whom we are each beloved, only wills the very best for our lives. “In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ” (Eph. 1:11-12).

Sitting on the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak east of the Mississippi, at a glorious 6,200 feet, looking out over the mountains and valleys of both Vermont and New Hampshire, the majesty of God’s blessings in our lives is potent. While some of the details of our lives may change, His love for us, and purpose for us, remains unaltered. I pray for each of us that we are always open to His perfect will for our lives and for the strength to know that all is well with our soul, even amidst change.

Lisa Amos
Pastoral Associate

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