by: Rich Vaughan
REV. RICH’S RITTINGS – JANUARY 20TH, 2021
MI CULPA, MY BAD, I’M SORRY
I am feeling a little guilty this morning as I work on this devotional. Since the start of the new year, I am finding it difficult to write a devotional every day, and I feel like I have let some of you down. I have enjoyed writing the devotional, and I will continue to write it, but I may be able to post them only once or twice a week now. My work load has increased and as I near retirement, personal matters are requiring more of my attention, and of course, I am continuing to serve and lead a wonderful church. I will be giving my all to it as we prepare for a pastoral change. With all that said, let’s celebrate the Lord today!
There is so much going on in our nation today with the inauguration of our next president. With the nation almost equally spilt between the two candidates, some see this as the end of our nation and some see it as a new beginning.
I am not going to discuss politics today. I am a pastor and I want us to focus on Jesus and the fact that as all of us come and go, including politicians, Jesus is the one constant in our lives. There is a reason that the author of Hebrews 13:8 wrote, “Jesus is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” He was writing to a troubled nation at a really hard time, and the author wanted his brothers and sisters in the faith to remember that through it all, Jesus is with us.
As Holland’s UMC and other churches prepare for changes in pastoral leadership; as all of us continue to deal with the issues of COVID and vaccinations; as Debbie and I prepare for an unknown future as retirees, and me serving as a retired pastor somewhere in our conference, it would do well for every one of us to remember who is Lord of Lords and king of kings. To remember that HE is the same yesterday, He is the same Today, He is the same tomorrow and forever!
Amen & Amen.