There are a couple of cheep ball point pens laying on my desk, the give away kind you find in a lot of businesses. I picked up one yesterday that had the Howard Johnson name and logo on it. That used to be a popular restaurant/motel chain, but has been out of business for years now. It was a mainstay that no longer exists. We can also think of the home improvement store Hechingers, more recently Radio Shack, and now Sear is closing stores. Things change. Anchors that we thought were firm in life are no longer there. Whether a business we’ve liked, a beloved family member, or even strength for a task we used to do easily, things change. There is sadness and we don’t like it, but it should cause us to hold more firmly to the One who does not change, Jesus Christ, the rock in the midst of all life. The Apostle Paul recognized the severity of this change, but said, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”(II Corinthians 4:16) Regardless of what changes around us, or the clarity of our eye to see what is happening in the present, the Lord is near, and is working to renew all things, and bring them to their rightful place in His plan.