Time Passes

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ec 3:1.
I have been thinking a lot about time recently. This June 20th marked my parent’s 60th wedding anniversary. On Friday, my brothers and I gathered in Newport News, Virginia to take my parents out to dinner to recognize this amazing milestone in their lives. We listened as they talked about their wedding day and honeymoon, where they first lived after they were married, and how they felt when each of their sons were born. It was a special moment for all of us as we celebrated our family of origin. It seems like yesterday that the five of us were living under one roof, but it has been 38 years.
The graduation of my youngest from high school has impressed upon me the passage of time as well. When we arrived in Lexington, she was just 4 ½; she will turn 18 this summer and is heading off to college leaving behind an empty nest. I can close my eyes and remember her standing at the front of the church singing with the children’s choir. I blinked my eyes, and there she was giving her senior sermon from the pulpit.
Time is like that. It trudges on day to day in a similarity that makes its passing almost imperceptible; but then it crosses thresholds that bring into stark reality how it quickly it has passed. It is these threshold moments that makes one realize just how precious the gift of time is.
It takes a great deal of discipline to appreciate the time we have. It is so easy to let one day turn into another without any recognition of what has passed. Most of us tend to look toward what is coming next – the next paycheck, the next vacation, the next adventure – and neglect to appreciate the time that is. This is why we have to be intentional about appreciating each moment that God has given us.
I like the discipline of mindfulness. It is simply paying attention to the present moment and recognizing it as a gift. For me it includes taking some time every day to reflect on what went well that I can celebrate and what didn’t go so well that I can let go of. It is asking myself, “where did I see God move in my life today?” and “what can I do differently tomorrow in order to become the person God wants me to be?”
While this is simple, it is also difficult and requires discipline. You have to make yourself do this. Yet, I am convinced that it is one practice that can help us guard against losing the preciousness of time through the sheer mundaneness of the ticking of the clock.
Through it all, I also take comfort in the fact that my time is in the hands of God, and through the presence of the Spirit, God will continue to remind me of what a gift this life is.
May the Lord bless each of you today!
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee