Transitions. We are always in them.

Sometimes they are planned and we are proactive in the transition. Other times they are surprises and we are thrown off center and out of balance. We either react in anxiousness or we respond with intentionality (unfortunately, it is often the former reactiveness).

There are decades that bring with them certain transitions.

Every transition has opportunities as well as risks. Every transition involves loss as well as new beginnings. Every transition has its own challenges that require fresh thinking, new paradigms, and steps of faith.

One of the things I appreciate about my Christian faith is the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social resources for going through all transitions. Living Word is here to help people go through all the seasons of life.

One of the things I love about the church is how it functions as a community of people in every season of life. The church is a multi-generational community.

One of the things I believe is vital for our church leadership is that it continue to be multi-generational. We need the insights, the perspectives, the lessons, and the experiences of all generations as we follow Jesus.

One of the great books on life transition is the classic Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life. While it was written 35 years ago, the ideas, models, and language Gail Sheehy introduced are now part of the way we think about transitions. It is a bit long, but full of insights.

May you keep transitioning, learning, growing, changing, and LIVING.

Pastor Brian

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