Change Agent

Change agent. An agent of change.

Here in Western New York, the foliage, the landscape and the temperatures radically change during the month of November. Seasonal forces of nature evoke tremendous change in life around us.

In the person of Jesus of Nazareth, we observe many roles: son, brother, teacher, storyteller, healer, miracle worker…and change agent. Jesus is an agent of change. Divine powers of God evoke tremendous change in lives whom Jesus touches.

The blind can see. The deaf can hear. The mute can speak.
The fearful are bold. The grief-stricken are comforted.
The miserly are generous.

Faith is a life-changing power.
A family of faith is a life-changing community.
A journey of faith is a life-changing story.

Faith changes lives. Your life. My life. Others’ lives.

One autumn day, a holy man exited his monastery to begin his ritual of Morning Prayer. He strolled through the streets of the surrounding town. He observed the people who crossed his path.

He saw a ragged man who had no left leg.

He saw a disheveled mother, holding an infant, who clutched a sign: “Please, money for food.”

He saw a bandaged teenage girl who looked to be a victim of a severe beating.

The holy man looked up to the sky and cried out: “Great God! How is it that such a loving Creator
can see so much suffering and yet do nothing about it?”

Within his spirit, the holy man heard the Divine Voice speak: “I have done something about it. I made you.”

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So, if anyone is in Christ, they are changed They are a new creation. Everything old has passed away. Behold, everything has become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

In our season of autumn, our season of commitment and our season of gratitude, may faith change you.

Then, may you be a change agent.
May you feed the hungry.
May you welcome the stranger.
May you shine a light in darkness.
May you be an agent of change.

Beside you in the journey of faith,
Rev. Barbara