I stepped outside and heard the beat of the drum. I suddenly realized it was marching band season again. My daughter graduated from NFA six years ago. All of her friends have now graduated from high school and college. Yet that sound brought me right back again to the days when I followed her around with other dads in the marching band's pit crew.
At every football game and competition we loaded and unloaded the equipment into the truck. We carted it onto the field and helped set it up for the show and then raced in and loaded up the carts and dragged it off again. It was a lot of fun. We got to know the kids and felt like we were part of the band.
I wouldn't know any of the kids today but I can tell you that they are probably running the same drills and working the dots just the same. There are dads and moms working in the pit crew and raising money for the trips. Time passes and the faces change but there is something important that remains the same.
The same is true of the church. Our church is 210 years old and there have been many people who have served and worshiped here. Yet the essence of the message has not changed and the Christian love and service have remained the same. A few years ago the daughter of a former minister dropped by and she shared the feeling that nothing had really changed since her father had served here in the 1940's .
The truth is that there have been lots of changes but the spirit and the worship have remained from generation to generation. That's the good news we have to share. Although the world changes, God does not. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The God who created the world is the same God who watches over us and reaches out to us with love and forgiveness.
So be blessed and know that God loves you.