The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not fighting the old, but building the new.”  – Socrates

Have you ever experienced change?  Now you might think that is a silly question, because from the time of our birth to our death, change is inevitable.  It would be very difficult to count the many times one has had change in their life.  There are small changes such as having to eat vanilla ice cream because the cookie dough ice cream is gone.  There are medium changes such as having to take a detour because of construction.  Then there are the large changes like being let go from a job and wondering what is next? 

What about the huge changes?  A huge change could be the death of a family member or friend.  Maybe it is growing old and your body is saying, “Sorry, I can’t do this anymore.”  Maybe it is your mind that cannot stay in the present moment but keeps taking you back to pass memories.  Maybe it is cancer.  During these times your family and friends want to help you but they may not know what to do.  You may also have a hard time explaining what you need, because you do not know what you need either, or do not know how to express it.

Change always affects you but some change affects your family and friends.  Everyone deals with change differently.  Mother Earth goes through changes with each season; these are natural and happen every year.  Then there are the man-made changes like pollution; these are not natural but they are happening.

What about the changes for the disciples when Jesus died on the cross and then rose from the dead?  At the time the disciples were confused and did not know what to do.  Some of them went fishing, back to what they knew.  But as time went on and Jesus explained things and gave them the Holy Spirit, their lives were able to move on.  Like the disciples, at times we feel lost and go back to what we know.  With the help of the Holy Spirit we can grow and move forward with each change.

Each change that has happened in our lives made us who we are today.  Do you have something happening in your life that is changing things from what you used to know?  Do you go to the Lord for help?  Jesus will send you the Holy Spirit, like the disciples, to help you through your changes, all you have to do is ask.

May each change in your life have the Holy Spirit with you helping and guiding you.

 – Sr. Barb Knauf, SSJ-TOSF