Thursday, December 8, 2011

Advent, Day 12: In good time

Today's reading: 2 Peter 3:8-15

But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. (v. 8)


I'm planning to spend tomorrow thinking and writing more about this passage in 2 Peter, but this first verse in the reading brought me up short and I had to stop right here for today!

The passing of time feels especially conspicuous at Christmastime. For children the days go by with almost unbearable slowness, and the 25th always seems ages away. For adults, the days fly with a briskness that can induce a bit of heartache, and sometimes even full-blown panic.

(And it's not just at Christmas, but always, that children feel their days dragging, while adults only wish they could slow the clock!)

I'm comforted that God experiences time both as a child does, and as an adult does. We're reminded, especially in this season of waiting and waiting, that God knows how time crawls as well as how it sprints. As each day of waiting for Christmas feels like an eternity to an excited child, so God knows that one day of exuberant living is like a thousand years. And just as adults look back on remembered days and wonder where the years have gone, so God knows that even a lifetime is but a moment.

May the God who is beyond
the calendar's page
and
the clock's hands
grant you
a season of 
Good Time:
an Advent of
anticipation
and
abundance.

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