Time runs away, it flies, it falls inexorably like sand through an hourglass. All we see is the grain now falling through, because we live at the cross point, rhe narrow place where the moments pass one by one. Below us is a growing pile, the Past. We are rushing toward the past, adding moments to it, will we, nil we. The unknown future crashes down on our heads, manifesting oh so briefly in the present, before joining the growing heap that is our life so far. We try to retreat from that future, to escape it because it scares us, and we know there is nothing we can to to avoid its overtaking us; but the thing we fear most is that the future will, in overtaking us, cease to be; that we will have no future, but will find ourselves out of time, with nothing left but that unmoving pile of moments past.
from that frightening future, God calls: “come to Me.” Into that place of unknowns. Toward the uncertainty. Through the fear of nothingness, of our own death, into … Into what? Life? Promise? Change?
Make Him Known
O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples.
– Psalm 105:1
Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
– Proverbs 3:9-10
I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
— Psalm 34:1
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
– Romans 13:10
Here are two thoughts which I jotted down while enjoying a marvelous worship experience at a neighboring church.
“A Muslim who loves his neighbor does more honor to Christ than a Christian who does not.” “An atheist who forgives a wrong has more Christianity than a Christian who holds a grudge.”
Seems to me that each of these statements could be supported with the words of Christ himself. I’m sure some readers will nod their heads in agreement, while others may vehemently object. How do they affect you?
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good.
– Romans 12:9