Episcopal CHurch of the Holy Trinity, Midland TX
Fr. Bob November news!

As I’m writing this, it is 26 degrees outside.  Tomorrow it’s supposed to be 50 and Thursday, it’ll be in the 70’s.  I knew it was cold yesterday when Bert wore long pants to work and Colby wore them to school. That’ll change tomorrow.

People living in west Texas are used to sudden changes in the weather.  Of course, we said that in Michigan as well, but I’ve never seen a place like this.  The furnace working in the morning and the AC in the afternoon.

I guess change is a constant in our lives.  2020 is a year of changes.  It’s not just the weather that’s kept us guessing.  The economy, racial discord, political posturing, and of course, the incredible changes wrought by the pandemic.  Like many of us, I have a hard time remembering what day it is.

In the midst of all this uncertainty, I remember a prayer from my youth that is still in the prayer book:

“Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the  attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (1928 BCP)

“… that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help.”  God knows that that the uncertainty of our lives cause confusion, fear, and even doubt.  Yet, God stands ready to help us through them. 

I’ve said many times that I don’t believe that God pulls the strings on God’s creation like some sort of cosmic puppet-master.  God didn’t bring about the novel Corona virus.  God didn’t cause civil unrest.  God didn’t make oil drop to record lows.  At the same time, I don’t believe God will raise oil prices, solve racial discord or miraculously cure COVID-19. 

What God will do, is doing and has done, is to give us “the Peace which passes all understanding”.  God assures us that God will always be present with us; loving us, calming us, weeping with us, laughing with us.  God stands by everyone caring for the sick and dying.  God holds the hand of those in the last moments of their life.  God “wipes the tears from [our] eyes”.

When we prayer the prayer above, we are asking God to do that which God is already doing.  As well as showing that we trust in God’s mercy and grace, it reminds us of the same.  We are God’s beloved, no matter how much of a roller-coaster life seems to be.

Trust in God to be with us in the “changes and chances” of life.  We will get through this together with God’s “most gracious and ready help.”  Bob+






Altar Guild Team- Wheeler Saturday, Dec 5 @ 8:00 AM
Rite I Sunday, Dec 6 @ 8:00 AM
Rite ll Sunday, Dec 6 @ 10:30 AM
Altar Guild Team/Wilson Team Saturday, Dec 12 @ 8:00 AM
Rite I Sunday, Dec 13 @ 8:00 AM

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