August 3rd, 2018 Posted in writing

Life is filled with endings and new beginnings. We say goodbye to summer and start a new school year, or we leave one job to take another. We change our status from “single” to “married” or move from one neighborhood (or city) to a new one. Some changes are easy and exhilarating while others are difficult and anxiety-provoking. But it seems certain that we will experience many changes, big or small, in our lives.

In my experience, it is important to have some things that provide a basis of stability as our lives change. As a life-long Christian, I have found that one of these is my conviction about the care and love God has for me no matter what changes come along. I try to strengthen this conviction by fostering a habit of personal prayer and corporate worship, and I have discovered that, with  changes that involve experiences of loss or grief, this is particularly important.

St. Ignatius of Loyola believed that we should look for God in all things, and St. Paul wrote, in chapter eight of his Letter to the Romans, that nothing will ever separate us from the love of God that comes to us through Jesus. Energized and comforted by this realization, we can live with hope and confidence no matter what changes happen in our lives.

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