Change involves loss

By Larry Platner

Day 2

For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh. 8 I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart. 9 O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you. NLT


Change whether by choice or not involves loss: loss of friends, family members through moves or death, a job, a home, health, status, finances, favourite places, possessions, security, comfort, direction, purpose and more.  Such loss makes us dread, even resist change. We like our routines, knowing what to expect. It gives us a sense of safety.

When change does happen, we need to stop, name our losses and properly grieve over them. It is healthy to acknowledge the anxiety, pain and grief these losses cause and lay them before God. To lament is not complaining or showing a lack  of faith, but acknowledging your feelings and placing your trust in God.

What have you lost through recent changes in your life?