Some words from the Letter of St James, which form part of our New Testament reading for today: ‘Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. … Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change’.

St John Henry Newman wrote that God is unchangeable: ‘Thou alone, O my God, art what Thou ever hast been! Man changes. Thou art unchangeable; nay, even as man Thou hast ever been unchangeable, for Jesus is yesterday and today Himself, and for ever. Thy word endureth in heaven and earth. Thy decrees are fixed; Thy gifts are without repentance. Thy Nature, Thy Attributes, are ever the same. There ever was Father, ever Son, ever Holy Ghost. I adore Thee in the peace and serenity of Thy unchangeableness. I adore Thee in that imperturbable heaven, which is Thyself. Thou wast perfect from the first; nothing couldest Thou gain, and nothing mightest Thou lose. There was nothing that could touch Thee, because there was nothing but what Thou didst create and couldst destroy. Again, I adore Thee in this Thy infinite stability, which is the centre and stay of all created things’.

May you know the stability of God in this changing life, and trust Him; and may He bless you this day.