It may not feel like summer, but teachers, students, and especially graduates are counting down until the end of the year. Even those of us who no longer have kids at home have an anticipation for what adventures summer will bring.
On Sunday we will recognize the high school graduates. We celebrate all of their accomplishments and we pray for them as they begin new adventures.
Times of transition are filled with excitement and eagerness. But transition also comes with fear & anxiety, questions, and change. What is coming next? Am I ready for it? Who will I meet?
All of our Bible readings this week address seasons of transition so I invite you to think about them all.
Change: The first lesson is a weird story about Peter’s vision to eat animals that were unclean for Jews. While we do not think or talk about this story very often, it is the center of a huge transition. God came to Peter in the vision so the early church would include non-Jews into the faith. Did Jesus come for all people? Did Jesus die for Gentiles (you and I)? The answer is yes. God calls forth change! God’s welcome is big enough for all. You can read the whole story in Acts 11.
Listening to God in prayer and the nudges of the Holy Spirit in our heart guides us in transitions both big and small. How are you being nudged in this season? How are you being called to change?
Love: In the Gospel, Jesus gives a last message to his disciples. Right before Jesus faces arrest and death, Jesus says: “Little children, I am with you only a little longer… I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” John 13:33-34
Jesus message for us as we face transition is Love one another! Who is God calling you to love in this season of transition?
Hope: Our last lesson is from Revelation. These words are a comfort when we are face endings that we do not want. Not even the transition of death can separate us from God’s love. Revelation 21: 3-4. ”See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”
What transitions do you fear or regret? How might God bring new life from these transitions?
Lord, we celebrate the transitions of life and know that you go with us. Guide us in the changes. Fill us with your love and hope. Amen.