The Gift of Time

Greetings, Friends. We didn’t have Meeting for Worship this morning (cancelled due to snow) so I thought I’d post a little reflection instead.

This gift of time–free time, time outside of time–has been on my mind all day. What to do with these long, open hours, sunshine, four-footed beloveds, and all the freedom in the world? I had only one plan: to enjoy the day.

So I did whatever I wanted to do. I baked bread, I worked on a puzzle, I did laundry (even the bedspreads!), I played with the dogs in the backyard, I cooked a good dinner, I listened to a podcast, I watched a movie, I read, I wrote a little, I texted with my kids, I smiled. The pace was slow and easy. My heart was open and warm and happy.

And I felt a sense of God’s nearness–peace, ease, gentleness, and flow–in everything I did, all day long.

In his book, The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Hershel writes the following about time:

It is the dimension of time wherein man meets God, wherein man becomes aware that every instant is an act of creation, a Beginning, opening up new roads for ultimate realizations. Time is the presence of God in the world of space, and it is within time that we are able to sense the unity of all beings.

Time is where we meet God. I love that. That’s why each moment is an act of creation, the start of something new.

We often think of time as a kind of schedule we fill or a resource we use, but if time is the dimension where we meet God, time is really blessed opportunity. In these next few moments, how might we feel God’s nearness? Will it feel like hope, as the answer to prayer, as an encouraging thought, a hug from a friend, something that makes us smile? Will we perhaps be washed over–inexplicably–with the peace that passes understanding? Or feel a touch of grace?

Perhaps this week, as Monday looms, we can think of time in a new way–not as something to fill, but as a long, beautiful string of potentially holy moments, stretching out before us. There are 10,080 minutes every week, 1,440 fresh invitations every single day to open our hearts and discover–thankfully, happily, and with joy–that we are God’s beloveds.

May it be so!

Blessings on your week, Friends!


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