Bishop DeDe: God is change!

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We’re pretty good at saying when we don’t like something. But it’s harder to look at a new thing and to say, “I think it’s time I opened my heart to a new way of being.”

Watch above: an October message from the Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.

The following is the text of the bishop’s message:

Greetings, friends! I hope you’re well. And in this October time of changing seasons that you’re finding joy and hope and renewal as you begin and continue your ministries.

One thing about changing seasons that I notice is each time, I’m a little bit sad to see the last season go. It’s been a great summer. And now as we move into fall—I love the fall season, especially in here Central New York—and so there’s hope and joy about it, even amid the sadness, even amid the change.

Change is hard for us as humans. It’s something that we just don’t like or do very well all the time. We say that “God is love” often, but seldom do we say, “God is change.”

God is change!

And is always calling us into new and different and more vibrant places. Sometimes these places are fun and joyous. Sometimes they’re challenging and require our best dedication and integrity.

As people of Jesus Christ, we’re called to change our minds. To change, and hear, and see with the love of Jesus Christ instead of with our selfish endeavors, or “what’s in it for me?” or “Well, I just don’t like it that way.”

We’re pretty good at saying when we don’t like something. But it’s harder to look at a new thing and to say, “I think it’s time I opened my heart to a new way of being.”

Jesus is calling each of us to a new way of being in the world. To be the people who aren’t filled with hate, but with love. To be the people who aren’t hopeless, but have hope! Because our hope is in the name of the Lord.

Today I hope that your relationship with Jesus Christ will give you new ears, new eyes, and a heart dedicated to see in the world the love of God being built up all around us. And to be part of that change.

May God’s peace and blessings be with you in this new season, and always.

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