One fall day, Walter, a member of my congregation, gave me a big neck pumpkin, enough to use some and freeze some. When Lent came, I made cream of pumpkin soup for a Lenten soup supper. Walter was in attendance, and I made sure to tell him the soup was made from one of his own neck pumpkins.
“I am 90 years old,” Walter said. “Before tonight, I had never had cream of pumpkin soup…. It was very good.”
I believe change is good, though it’s tempting to avoid or fear it. The good news is we don’t face change alone. God sustains and strengthens us. God is doing new things every day. “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
We too can embrace change, like Walter with the cream of pumpkin soup!
This message is excerpted from “Embracing change through cream of pumpkin soup” by Linda Post Bushkofsky from the September 18, 2017, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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