Everything Changes ....
Updated: Jan 31, 2019
Having recently become Oma and Opa, my wife and I have received no end of congratulations, advice and stories of what grand-parenting means to friends and family. One friend said,
“Everything changes, you can’t do what you used to do. Everything changes …….. and it’s wonderful!”
It struck me that the last three words are more than just a joyful statement of reality. They are a choice.
And as reflect on this I think about a newly employed children’s and families worker who, on arrival at her new church, was warmly greeted by the small group of children and families normally attending church each Sunday. In the past year this small group has grown to include many new families. New arrivals have turned the familiar Sunday routine upside down. The church services are noisier and more chaotic. And it’s wonderful.
But not for everyone. Some struggle with the changes new arrivals bring. Some struggle because their Sunday is now different, or noisier, or less familiar. Some feel their home has been invaded and some feel things have become less reverent. Some feel they can’t do what they used to do and it’s not wonderful. Change is not always greeted with a smile and open arms and the now not-so-new worker regularly weeps tears of joy and frustration.
Everything changes with the arrival of a little one. It’s true individually and collectively. We celebrate this reality at Christmas with the arrival of God’s little one, and we rejoice at the arrival of little ones into our families. Things change. And it’s wonderful.
The arrival of God’s little one changed the world for kings, for wise men and for shepherds. Everything changed for Mary and Joseph, for Lazarus, for Jairus’ daughter and for Mary Magdalene. Everything changed for fishermen, tax collectors and soldiers. And it’s wonderful.
With a new arrival we get new wine. And we then need new wine-skins. Our institutions need radical life-changing transformation.
And it's wonderful!
“People do not put new wine into old wine-skins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wine-skins, and both are preserved.”