I recently attended a singing at a sister church here in Soddy Daisy, Oak Street Baptist. They have a singing every 5th Saturday, and this one, because of the recent flooding, was held in their sanctuary instead of at the local softball fields.
While I was there, a gentleman sang two songs my own father used to sing in church. When I heard them, they brought back fond memories of my dad. But more than that, they reminded me of how much I miss him.
After the singing was over, a lady from Oak Street asked if I happened to have any old pictures from South Soddy Baptist. Unfortunately, I couldn’t help her, for I had not seen any pictures from before my time as pastor, much less old pictures from back in the 1940’s or 50’s.
Because I had not seen any of the old photographs, this dear sister emailed a few to me. I was blown away by the number of people sitting in the auditorium of this little church, and all without air conditioning!
As a matter of fact, in the above picture, you can see the window open, which is something I certainly wouldn’t try to do today – they’d break!
What Hasn’t Changed
I’ve heard it said before that there is one thing that doesn’t change, and that’s the fact that everything changes. For the most part, that is true.
But on the other hand, I can think of other things that don’t change – things we can count on even after our loved ones have grown old and passed away…even after all the photos are lost to history.
Consider the following verses:
- For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. – Malachi 3:6
- Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. – Hebrews 13:8
- Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. – James 1:17
- I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. – Revelation 1:8
Even though other things may change over time, and even though people we love may come and go, our God never changes.
And, since Jesus is also God (the second Person of the Trinity), He is also the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, since according to John 14:6 Jesus is “the Truth,” what is true never changes.
If the Truth of God remains forever, I can rest assured (and so can you) that He will always love me, keep me, and keep His promise to deliver me to my final home.
So, those old songs my dad used to sing are still as true today as they were back then.