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A number of years ago, my husband and I spent our summer vacation traveling across much of the United States by car.  In an effort to conserve money, and because we were still young and foolish, we camped all along the way.  The excitement of seeing a new place, visiting a different National Park, or exploring the treasures of another state kept us going for the first few weeks.  Every day was a new adventure, a change from the day before.  By the time we neared the end of our journey, we had experienced quite enough change, and couldn’t wait to get home where we could stay put for awhile.

Change is a part of our lives.  Those who travel extensively for business live with constant change.  Others who have moved, switched jobs, or faced new challenges know what it is like to deal with change that disrupts life – the kind of change that causes one to rethink what is important, how you live, and where you are going.

The Bible is full of stories of people whose lives were turned upside down by change.  God asked Abraham to give up all that he was familiar with and to take his family to a new, unknown land.  Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and had to establish a completely new life in Egypt.  The Israelites were called by God to leave their predictable, safe life in Egypt and travel across the Sinai Desert to the Promised Land, a journey that lasted 40 years!  Even Jesus’ disciples experienced the turmoil of change when they were summoned by Jesus to drop everything and follow Him.

Here at Providence Presbyterian Church, we are in the midst of a season of change; significant and, for some, uncomfortable change.  The time between installed pastors can be difficult as well as challenging.  Many long for the stability they have been used to in the past, hoping that a new pastor will come soon and make things “right” again.  Some, though, can see the opportunity that this interim time provides, an opportunity to try new things, to explore new avenues of ministry, to let different people experience leadership, to build on the tradition, history, and strengths of our church so as to create a more vibrant and healthy church going into the future.

As you experience the changes that come with the arrival of summer, I encourage you to remember our church in your prayers.  God has a plan for our future together and for your future as a church, a plan that will surprise and amaze us.  It is also a plan that will result in change – healthy change.

Peace,

Pastor Diane

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Providence Presbyterian Church

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Rev. Diane Curtis

Interim Pastor