I can't believe it's April already! How time flies and how things change. On Feb 7th the company I work for changed ownership and I did not know if I would still have a job...
Here we go again, uncertainty and anxiety over the future. On the first day under the new ownership the CEO gave a address to the staff and used that famous quotation "the only constant in life is change" (François de la Rochefoucauld). Life does involve change: no day is exactly the same as the last one, in fact no minute is exactly the same as the last one.
We change constantly but not consistently, sometimes taking two steps forward and one step back or as I've often felt one step forward and two steps back, but going back to the uncertainty and anxiety caused by changes, it stems from our frustration over the lack of complete control over the events of our life.
Look at the people in Japan, their lives and lifestyles turned upside down by the power of a wave. O what a wave, a tsunami! We saw its power in 2006 and now again in 2011 and we've seen the power of earthquakes that generate tsunamis in Haiti and Chile and New Zealand. All these forces of nature are totally beyond our control and they can adversely change our lives in a flash, in a moment.
"The only constant in life is change". The more I think about it the more anxious I become but every now and then the light goes on in my head (thank you Holy Spirit) and I realize there is another constant that also remains consistent in all the change: Christ.
Christ is present in the good times and in the bad times, with us in times of feast or famine. No matter which way things go; good or bad, he is there with his LOVE, unconditional, unchanging, and offered to all, every second of every day. That is something that WILL NOT CHANGE and I find great comfort in that and my anxiety dissipates.
Even as I write this I received a call from someone who left the office a short while ago only to receive news that a close relative is at the end of her life's journey. More changes, more anxiety and more CHRIST. The words of St. Patrick just flood my mind and gives me hope:
" Christ beside me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me.”
All is Christ, the only constant in life is Christ. Peace.
Hi, welcome to my weekly blog. I'm deacon Michel and I love blogging and the healthy exchange of constructive ideas. Now my mind has been known to wander on a million different things all at once so don't be surprised at what you find here. I often scratch my head and go 'Huh?' at my own thoughts. Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts with me.
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