How many Lutherans does it take to change a light bulb?
None. Lutherans don’t believe in change. (or “We read that we are to so fear and love God that we cannot by our own effort or understanding comprehend the replacement of an electromagnetic photon source. It is, rather by faith, NOT by our efforts (effected toward the failed worldly incandescence), that we truly see, and that our own works cannot fully justify us in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Of course, it is still dark.”)
Even if we don’t believe it change can be a good thing.
As people of faith, we sometimes forget that.
I am a big sports fan and sometimes I compare my faith to what I see on the football field. For example, When I look at sports franchises I see change constantly happening. There is no one so special that if they are performing badly they will be benched. Every year there are head coaches let go (sometimes even in the middle of the year) because they are constantly losing. As a people of faith we can see that sometimes if we change the way we do things things will be different and those differences can provide opportunities that we may never of imagined before.
A colleague recently told me that he changed one of his worship services pretty drastically. He was surprised by the reactions of some people because they were really upset about the changes. Not that what they were doing was bad, but it just was not the same as before (or what they were use too).
I am not saying that we should change the way we do things all the time. God is constant, we need that too, but if we are doing something in our lives; like praying, reading the Bible, going to the same worship service, or any other spiritual practice over and over again and we are frustrated with the results – well change what you are doing! Go to the earlier worship service, read a new translation of the Bible, find a different way to pray.
God brought change as life came out of chaos through creation. God brought change throughout the Old Testament through prophets and not everyone was always happy about that. Then God sent his Son to the world and God brought change when his son made the ultimate sacrifice and gave his life on the cross.
Change isn’t a bad thing. It will not be terrible forever, but in some ways we need to remember there will be changes in our life. It won’t guarantee perfection. There will be good changes and bad changes, but when we open our changes to the will of God. God promises us that God will be with us in the midst of the changes. Now and forever.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, join us as we continue to walk together during this advent season. Guide us in our life’s journey by your Word and Sacraments, in company with all the brothers and sisters in faith. Amen.