Heraclitus had it right when he stated that "There is nothing permanent except change." Change is all around us and it seems to happen at the precise time we least expect it. Some change is good and needed, and some is not. I wouldn't like to eat the same food every morning for breakfast, but changing my house or job, on the other hand, would be much more difficult. When President Obama was campaigning eight years ago, he used the slogan "We need change - change we need." Whether all the changes he brought in were needed or not is beyond the scope of this newsletter, but there is a change that I know we all need.
Shortly after his affair with Bathsheba, David penned a prayer to God in which he begged, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" (Psalm 51:10). Even as the heart is one of the most important necessities of life, so a new heart is one of the most important necessities of spiritual life. As we begin this new year, let's ask God to fulfill the promise He made in Ezekiel 36:26, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh." Friends, this is a change we need.
Submitting to this divine operation,