By Rev Alan Millar
Many people who lived in the Newtownabbey area during the sixties will remember Standard Telephones and Cables which employed thousands of people.
The STC workforce was a community of people divided into various departments on the factory floor where people worked and interacted as in the wide society, a mini Northern Ireland so to speak.
People festooned their departments with decorations at Christmas, with the occasional strain of Mary’s Boy Child or Christmas Bells sung by Jim Reeves drifting throughout the factory. It was a good place to work, and we who worked there believed it would last forever - but it didn’t. STC passed away like many other factories in Northern Ireland. Does nothing stay the same?
Change in today’s society is picking up pace to the point that it feels we have no control over our lives. Something that seems permanent is here one moment and gone the next, technology, way of life, attitudes to life both physical and spiritual are all changing so rapidly that it feels like there is no solid ground, nothing is certain, which is perhaps why so many people live with high levels of anxiety and stress.
Nothing is forever - not even our lives. Psalm 103 reminds us that a man’s life is like ‘… a flower of the field…he flourishes - the wind passes over it, and it is gone.’
Is there nothing or no one who is unchanging? GOOD NEWS! Yes there is. In the book of Hebrews 13:8 we read ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever’. He still loves you with the same love that took him to the cross at Calvary. His love for you is eternal, He will never change.
The Bible tells us that God is willing to forgive us our sins. God will never stop loving you. Isn’t that GOOD NEWS? Ask God to forgive you and receive what He has promised, blessings in this life, and eternal life in the next. John 14:1-6. Amen.