I AM just about old enough to remember that our first television was a second hand black and white model!
I can also remember the excitement of arriving home from school to find the man setting up our new colour set and the very next day watching in amazement the wedding of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips.
In those days there were only three channels to watch and the broadcasts finished at about 11pm each evening, not resuming until the early afternoon on the following day.
I can also remember the introduction of video cassettes.
It was great for the first time to have a whole range of films available to play when you wanted to.
Of course videos have now been made virtually obsolete by the introduction of DVDs.
It is amazing to think how much television has changed over the years.
These days we have huge flat screen televisions, which often dominate the living room, with digital, high definition and even 3D pictures.
We also have a multitude of channels available to watch whenever we want, even in the middle of the night.
Despite this I can still flick through the channels and discover there is nothing that I want to watch!
This is just one example of the incredibly fast pace of change that is taking place in our world today. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up-to-date with the latest developments.
Some of the advances in technology are a great blessing, the mobile phone, for example, makes it much easier to keep in touch with our young people but, it can also be a blessing in disguise as I was contacted about a work-related matter while I was on holiday in Spain last October.
In an ever changing world it is good to know that some things never change.
God is utterly reliable and totally dependable; the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. I love the verse from the Old Testament which reminds us that, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.”
The Rev David Stevenson
Priest in Charge of Brinsley & Underwood & St Mary’s, Eastwood