Doing Time in the Kingdom:
“When and Why We Are”
Music by Pink Floyd, Erika Luckett, the Byrds
with Special Guest, Christa Russell
and A Gift of Poetry by Charme Robarts
I want to think with you about the way we relate to time — there never seems to be enough, it just passes us by (where did it go?), and how it flies. Most of us typically relate to time as a negative relationship — we’re anxious, stressed, filled with guilt (shame or regret), bound and constrained by it. We see it in the mirror, as we think about the mismatch between our age and how we feel, and on the faces of clocks as they start, pace, and end our daily routines.
It would not be a stretch, I think, to resonate on occasion with the author of Ecclesiastes who decried, “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless. What do people gain from all their labours at which they toil under the sun? Generations come and generations go… What gain have the workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”
But I want to suggest that the existential rawness of Ecclesiastes’ angst with time, and why we’re here at all, is answered in how we come to understand the Incarnation and the presence of the Kingdom of God, the Holy in our midst. What does it mean to live authentically, outside of time, in the presence of God’s love, justice and mercy — “doing time in the kingdom”?
I hope to see you Sunday.