This is an older poem, but seemed appropriate for now. I’ve had a lot of friends experience some major changes in their lives this year, from losing family members to losing houses, cancer diagnoses to miraculous healings. It just seems the right time to post this. May it minister to you if you’d experienced a major life change, welcome or not.
You know change is the law of life.
You take it as it comes.
Sometimes it’s silent as a tomb
Or beating on the drums.
It may sneak up so silently
And catch you unawares,
Just like a mouse you never see
That’s hiding on the stairs.
Then suddenly you’ll realize
That something’s different, and
You know a change has happened though
You never felt its hand.
Then other times a change is like
A wall you’ve run into.
There’s no way to avoid it or
Its great effect on you.
It’s obvious and daunting and
You want to turn away.
You hope you can avoid it or
Come back to it someday.
You may not have time to prepare
Or gather your reserves
To face this change with all the strength
You know that it deserves.
Just do your best to face each day—
The bitter and the sweet—
And turn to God for help to face
Each challenge you may meet.
©2000 Denise McKenney
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