Blessed be Your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be'
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

I love that song by Newsboys because it is such a great reminder that God is in control.  We are not promised an easy road, but we are promised that God will always walk beside us.  Whether the going is easy or the way is difficult, God is worthy of my praise because He is my creator, my redeemer, my sustainer.  

Some things from my psychology classes and group theory classes come back to comfort me. Tension produces change. We don't like tension, so either we change or our surroundings change.  This is good, because without tension we would become content and complacent.  (Insert youth minister story about boiling frogs here) As much as we dislike tension, we avoid it. I am concerned that I may work too hard to avoid it when I should let it happen so needed change can occur.  Not that I want change for change's sake. 

With that being said, something is about to change at Greenwood Park. For too long we have ignored tension and just assumed that it would go away. We have had some change in that some people have quit coming and/or quit giving. But some proactive change is needed, and it will happen one way or the other.  I used to think it was like two trains on a collision course, but that is way too active. Now I know it is more like a ship that is sinking. It is a slow sinking in that we are taking on too much water because we are sitting still. At some point we should have started bailing and rowing, but have we past that point?     

So the challenge for me: I must continue to thank God for the difficulty and the change that it will bring. One way or the other, the change will be good, and God's name will be glorified because of it.

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