Bill Schnackenberg, Pastor, Centralia United Methodist Church
It sure has been a strange spring and summer this year, hasn’t it? I keep looking for ‘normal’ but the ‘old normal’ is no longer here. Nor will it be the ‘old normal’ ever again. I’ve got reason to say that because I know this world is ever-changing. The word ‘unprecedented’ is now a part of our everyday vocabulary.
But it’s time to realize that every new day is unprecedented. That’s the way God made us and the way God made all of creation. Sure, we have a lot of things that happen in much the same way every year, but it’s always with new people, new
pressures, new events in the news, or different weather – and so on.
God made the world so that it inherently would change. And us with it.
How many of us have gone back to homes we grew up in only to find how much smaller they seem now that we are bigger? Or going back to some other town or city only to find they’ve grown into something hard to recognize. Of course, the potholes are the same, but new streets and new houses have sprung up or they’ve become ghost towns.
Change is a basic part of life. Our bodies change over time. Our homes change over time. Our schools and kids and interests all change over time. We’re so used to those kinds of changes that we are no longer afraid of them. They just happen. And that is good, just like God said at creation.
But when something out of the ordinary creeps in we get anxious. And then we tend to say we want things to be the way they used to be. What if that came true? Do we mean the way we remember simpler times, or the way our ancestors lived through simpler times? At what point do we want to stop the world turning and get off?
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.