Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you endure. Psalm 102:25-26a 

Jesus said, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

We live in a world full of change. People change – one day friends the next some disagreement and friendship might end. We change as we grow from infancy, through childhood, adolescence and adulthood. We hear and experience climate change. An ancient Greek philosopher said that “change is the only constant.” People age, develop habits and move environments. You can't step into the same river twice — even rocks were subject to changes by the elements over time.

There is only one eternal constant that we can count on. That is the Lord God, the Creator God who made the heavens and the earth. As they had a beginning, they will also come to an end. Then, the psalmist assures us, God will endure. As the Creator of all, He will always be there for His creation. Then we have Jesus’ promise in the last verse of Matthew. In previous chapters Jesus has warned the disciples about all the problems they will be facing. They probably were worried about being left alone to face adversity. First they are told to get out there and spread the Good News, then, Jesus tells them, and tells us, that He will be with us always.

No matter the changes we make or experience, good or bad. No matter the changes we see in the world around us. We can trust in God’s promise to be with us always.

Eternal God, everything around us changes, nothing is exactly the same from one day to the next. Even the mountains and oceans change. Everything changes except you. Thank you for your presence in our lives. Thank you for being the one we can always count on. Help us spread the Good News of your love and grace. Amen.

Chris Gabel