No Time’s Like the Present There

To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven…

What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden life can bring the human race. God has made everything beautiful in its time and set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom the mystery of God.

(Ecclesiastes, ch 3)

Make sure that you don’t get so absorbed in all your day to day obligations that you lose track of time. The hour is now. Time to wake up from slumber! Be up and awake to what God is doing! We can’t afford to waste a minute in frivolity and self-indulgence, greed or endless bickering. (Paul to the church at Rome)

The topic this week is time. In particular, there’s no time like the present. Really. There is no time. It isn’t really real, according to most physicists. It’s a kind of illusive contract between our perception and our intentions — and our cultural context. As an evolving species, we’ve created time as a way of moving us from one moment to the next, as a way of marking our productivity and work, as a way of keeping us engaged.

In other words, our lives are broken down into increments of existence which we mark with clocks and timers and calendars, log books, and punch cards, monthly bills and meal times. Meanwhile, the Earth continues its rotation around the Sun, and the seasons continue to fade into the backgrounds of our lives as we become busy with the business of birthing, living, earning, buying, and dying.

Seems a little bleak on the one hand, a little stressful on the other.

On the other hand (if we could have a third hand, I suppose), physicist and international best-selling author, Carlo Rovelli, suggests that time isn’t so much a thing as an event. In other words, he suggests all reality (at the level of sub-atomic existence to the next Maverick’s game to the rotation of the planets) is interaction. It is in interaction that life becomes real. Our cells interacting, our bodies, our actions toward life and one another… this is how the seasons turn in and around us. And the Apostle Paul essentially tells the new followers of Jesus at the church at Rome, “It’s time to wake up. Life isn’t about you. It’s about all of you. It’s about God’s Kingdom… God’s Kin-dom and the presence of love and creativity in the world. It’s seeking to be born, to transform life into a more compassionate and just world. What you do, and what you don’t do, matters. IS matter. It’s what is real. There’s no time like the present.”

So, I could go on. Really. But I’m running out of time, so to speak. How will you mark time today? What kinds of interactions will compose your life today? Meanwhile, I hope you can make time for us this Sunday.

This Sunday at eleven:eleven, downtown, January 20, we think about time and love.

“It’s Always 11:11”
with the music of Hootie and the Blowfish, Kesha,
and They Might Be Giants, and the celebration of
Our Common Table.

See you Sunday!


Rev. Tom McDermott
Associate Pastor of eleven:eleven

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