Pathways through Lent

The Only Thing Constant

Psalm 107:33–43 Exodus 2:23–3:15 1 Corinthians 13:1–13 Mark 9:14–29

Recently I had a conversation with a colleague about the changes his aging mother is encountering. I listened carefully because, like him, my mother is also getting up in age. (On her next birthday she will be 90 years old, or, as she puts it, she’s “stepping into 90!”) My colleague told me how his mother has gone from a loving, nurturing caregiver to someone who now needs some care herself. She is no longer allowed to drive and requires someone to accompany her when she shops for groceries or receives medical attention.

We even talked about the changes that we ourselves are encountering. I know change is inevitable. Change has come and will come to all of us.

However, it is comforting to know that at least one thing remains constant: the shining beacon that leads me though this Lenten season. The beacon shines so brightly that I am reminded that our Savior suffered death under Pontius Pilate but rose again on the third day to occupy the seat at the right- hand side of the Father. I am reminded that my Savior is the same today, tomorrow, and forever.

I have had change over the years, and I expect more changes as I continue along this life journey. I, however, am steadfast in my focus on that light, the shining beacon before me. It leads me though this Lenten season, through the changes in my life until I reach the unchangeable place, the place that promises to be the brightest light of all—the unchanging eternal home.

–Thad Daise


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