- Seasonal change
- Child to Adult to Parent to Grandparent
- Parent/Adult now taking care of our parents
- Transitions for Older Adults
- Geographic Moves
- Employment to Unemployment to Employment to Retirement
What is my role in this transition? What will change today? Am I ready for it?
Was it my choice or did someone else decide? How does that make me feel?
How can I cope to make this transition better for me?
What can I do to make this transition better for someone else?
What barriers do I have for change? What ideas do I have that might be helpful?
Is there someone that is listening to my concerns?
Life comes at us slowly sometimes, but more often life comes at us too quickly. We would like to keep things the way they are, but life has a way of changing on us. Someone gets hurt; someone has an illness; we lose our job; we start a new job; we have children; they grow up; they move away to start their own life and so on. We are in a constant state of preparing for the next change or just hanging on until the current change has been completed and we again look to the next challenge or change in our lives.
Our faith is often tested as we work through these transitions. Someone looks to us for strength or comfort even as we struggle to understand the change or to cope ourselves. Who is on our side? The easy answer is that our family and friends are there for us. But, sometimes, even they will drift away from us during some difficult times.
I can tell you that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit do not drift away from us. God the Father watches over us, God the Son walks beside us and has been in our shoes, and God the Holy Spirit has already gone before us wherever we are going.
The transitions we face tend to make us stronger by galvanizing the faith within us, by harnessing the strengths we don’t know we have, and by showing us people and places we may not have chosen ourselves. They also show us that God is present in our world, working in the lives of each one of us.
Prayer – May the Lord bless you in the transitional phases of your life. May he always show you tenderness and give you strength as you live out your days. May the love of your family and friends sustain you in those days when it is hard to think, plan, and do. And, may you always remember that the Lord is with you (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), working each day, wherever you are, for your good, and not for your ill.
“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose…What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?” Romans 8:28, 31 (RSV)