One sunny afternoon, while living in Maryland as a child, I recall my father excitedly announcing to the family, “We’re going to move to St. Louis!” Almost instantaneously, I burst into tears, realizing the losses that lay ahead, including leaving my best friend. Simultaneously, though, my younger brother dashed inside our house and returned a few minutes later with a packed suitcase in hand!
Ironically enough, even now as an adult, I still struggle with change—changes in relationships, job duties, life directions, etc. Despite it being a natural part of life, change has never come easy for me. How do you handle change? Every year, when the leaves start changing color, I find myself frequently reflecting upon changes that have occurred in my recent past as well as the upcoming possibilities in the future. In these moments of observation, I often reflect silently, praying to the Lord for His guidance and assurance.
Moreover, with our ministry concentrating in the changes happening to our patients and their loved ones—whether instantly or over time, I have discovered that our work can best be summarized in the passage of Ecclesiastes 3:1-7:
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak…”