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Embracing Change

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

“No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one. Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match the old cloak.” (Luke 5:36)

The scripture today refers to tearing a piece of clothing from a new one to fix an old one.  We all know this does not make sense, but what is it telling us?


Change happens daily. We all hold on to things and like to keep them the way they are instead of embracing change. Maybe a son or daughter has just headed off to college, a parent is struggling with health, there is a brand new baby in the family or you have lost a loved one. We do not like to change, but change still happens. I know God helps me through whatever change or crisis He has put in front of me when I trust that He is in control.


Our facility is building a new hospital and clinic, and there are many changes that will happen when we move in. Most of us want to just move into the new facility and do things the way we have done them at the old facility. We know that is not possible, and all are willing to change to make our service to those in our health ministry the “hands and feet of Jesus


There are times I wish I could just let life happen like my grandkids do, and I believe as adults we can let God do that. Sometimes I know my grandson is scared of something. I reassure him that he does not need to be scared. Then, he is tentative but changes his attitude. This is the same way our Heavenly Father helps us to not be “scared” when we face unknown challenges. Trust and let Him lead the way. It might not feel good or be where you want to go, but trust him and believe in Him.


Dear Lord and ever-present God,

please help us to trust in You no matter what we are going through.

Help us to learn from Your love that You show us through all the many changes in our lives.

Help us to honor the past but also embrace the future.

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, we pray. Amen.

Ken Smit
Foundation Director, Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera

COLLOSIANS 1:15-20 ● PSALM 100:1B-2, 3, 4, 5 ● LUKE 5:33-39

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