Time is a curious dimension of human life. We cannot control it: it cannot stop it or make it move faster although at times it seems as though time speeds up or slows down. Sadly, many of us feel controlled by time because our relationship with time has become disordered. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience it as a curse. Time bears down on us, hurries us along at a relentless pace, and demands that we keep up. It becomes a burden rather than a gift, something to escape rather than something to embrace and enjoy. We need to recapture our sense of time as a gift, enjoying the gift of the present moment.
Advent is a very appropriate season in which to examine our relationship with time. It is the most stressful time of year for many because of the ever-escalating demands of preparing for Christmas. More importantly, the Advent liturgical season is all about time. We remember God’s saving deeds in the past, particularly the events leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ, and we anticipate his coming again, when which God’s dream for humanity will be fully realized.
This five-week series is designed to help us reflect on our relationship with time, and be more present in the “now.” It is organized into three days of introduction followed by five week-long sessions on Stop, Pray, Work, Play and Love. Each day there is a video, a provocative question and a call to reflect either in the workbook, which will be provided. Each week we will meet to reflect together and discuss our experiences and thoughts on the weekly theme. Together we will journey on a path that hopefully will lead us to greater balance, and a renewed sense of time as God’s gift.
If you are unable to attend the series but wish to follow along, the workbook workbook, which contains a description of the program, can be downloaded as a PDF file here. The daily videos can be viewed at: www.ssje.org/time. There will be an email thread for comments/observations as we go through the series. To participate, send your email address to Janet Fischer (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions about how to participate, please contact Rev. Anna.
~Rev. Anna Horen