As I thought about what I could share this month, my mind kept coming back to one subject: CHANGE. It’s something we’re all familiar with. Changes in leadership, jobs, houses … the list could go on and on. For me, I’ve experienced more change in the past two years than perhaps at any other time in my life. Probably the only thing I haven’t changed is my hairdresser. But perhaps it’s not the actual change that people fear. After all, change is a constant in our lives – something is always in flux, and most times – we can’t control it. The symptoms that accompany change are actually the things that can drag us down. We experience anxiety, worry, fear … not because something is changing necessarily, but rather we are unsure of what will happen – or perhaps even more so, how this change will change us! We can no longer see our future clearly, and that scares us! When I think back to the story of Joshua (following the death of Moses), I wonder if the people feared change. Moses had led these people for many, many years – and now Joshua is to continue where Moses left off, leading them to fulfill the ancient promise. But what if Joshua didn’t do things like Moses? (I heard Joshua really liked praise choruses, and everyone knows Moses was a hymn singer.) In this great story, we see the torch of God passed … and it does not go out. Yes, inevitably, there was doubt and fear, but God’s commission to Joshua and the Israelites was and is clear: “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” God is with us in our fear and doubt. God is with us in the search for a new Pastor. God is with us in address changes, life changes, ups, downs, ins and outs … God is with us. May these lyrics from “Be Still, My Soul” remind us that God, our sustainer, is bigger than any change we might fear: “Be still my soul: your God will undertake to guide the future as in ages past … in every change, God faithful will remain.”