Monday Musings for January 22, 2018

Monday Musings for January 29, 2018

Dear Friends,

Today is January 22.  We just celebrated Christmas, right?  It occurred to me this morning that Easter is right around the corner.  I was talking with Kathy Huff yesterday about a Lenten study she is planning to lead.  That sounded to me like way in the future.  Actually, Lent begins three weeks from Wednesday.

It’s almost time to put away the snow blowers and take out the lawn mowers!  Where does time go?

Helen is on her way to Portland tomorrow where she will be giving our oldest daughter, Kelsey a baby shower.  But how can that be?  Kelsey was just born!  And yet our youngest, Collin recently celebrated his 21st birthday.  Where have I been??

As I arrived at church this morning, I noticed a dad holding his three-year-old son’s hand as they walked across the parking lot to Kids Stuff.  That was me!  Hurrying every morning to get our three children where they needed to be so I could get where I needed to be.  That was my life very, very recently.  But no, actually that was quite a few years ago.

So here I am now a 62-year-old man, and yet I feel like the little kid sitting in my grade school classroom, watching the hands on the clock move ever so slowly, looking forward to recess.

Kind of like the 82-year-old man who said, “I don’t feel like an old man.  I just feel like a young kid with something the matter with him.”

C.S. Lewis had something interesting to say about time.

We are so little reconciled to time that we are even astonished at it. “How he’s grown!” we exclaim, “How time flies!” as though the universal form of our experience were again and again a novelty. It is as strange as if a fish were repeatedly surprised at the wetness of water. And that would be strange indeed; unless of course the fish were destined to become, one day, a land animal (from Reflections on the Psalms).

Time and eternity.  We live in time for a few short years on this earth.  But we were made for eternity.  We were made to live forever and ever.  Not in the sense of endless days, weeks, and years, but in a deeper sense.  We will one day live in an “eternal now”.

But why wait?!  When Jesus spoke of eternal life, he was talking about what will happen after we die.  But he was also talking about what can happen while we live.  This is the “abundant life” that Jesus said was the reason he came (John 10:10).

It’s my prayer that we will experience that this day.  For “this is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).

In Christ,

John