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September

I wonder what thoughts you have when the year gets to September. For children it will be returning to school after their six weeks, or even longer for some, summer holiday; it will be a new class, new teachers and for some, a new school.                                                              

There will be many children who will have left their primary school in July and now will be starting at secondary school; those who took their GCSEs are now moving onto college to do occupational training or ‘A’ levels; those leaving compulsory education are going into the workplace and others are going to university. Exciting, yes, but also daunting, not only for them, but also for siblings who have had them in the same educational establishment and now find themselves alone.                                                                                                                        

It is a big change for Mum and Dad too. Sons and daughters are now no longer little boys and girls; they are very definitely growing into confident, young men and women. Even the logistics of the children being at different establishments sometimes on opposite sides of the town or city, different school hours and all the school clubs, is going to require some military type organising – a challenge for all.                                                                                                                               

September, originally the seventh month of the year (hence its name) under the Julian calendar, changed to the ninth month in 1752 when the Gregorian calendar was adopted in Great Britain. It was then, that the New Year in March changed to the New Year starting in January.                                                                                                                      

When we think about it, September is a month of change, isn’t it?                       Summer holidays are over, harvest has at least started, our summer visitors (birds and humans) are wending their way home, the trees are beginning to shed their leaves and the nights are definitely drawing in. In fact, our lives are constantly changing, aren’t they? Nothing stays the same, does it?                                                                

For us, no, things are always changing and will continue to do so until the final judgement.                                                                                                  

‘Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.’ (1 Corinthians Ch.15 v 51-52)                                                                    

So, everything changes, nothing stays the same.

 No, there is one thing that never changes.                                                                  

‘I am the Lord, I change not.’  (Malachi Ch. 3 vv. 51-52)

 It is that promise that will sustain us when change is getting us down, when we feel alone and unable to cope, when age catches up with us and we cannot do what we used to be able to do.

 For, if the Lord does not change neither do all his promises.

‘Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive for ever and ever.’ (Revelation Ch.2 vv. 17-18)

If that’s not a comfort, I don’t know what is.


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