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November 24, 2014, 1:00 PM

Time Flies.........PERIOD!

So it was one of those bitter cold mornings last week. I was on my way to the church and had stopped at the stop sign at the end of our street. As I looked both ways, a bird flying into a bush across the road caught my attention. Now I know birds fly in and out of bushes all the time, but on this particular frigid morning, I took more notice than usual. Why? Because the bird looked like a robin to me. Do you know what immediately went through my mind: spring is on the way!!!!! Mind you, this occurred in the third week of NOVEMBER. Winter has not even officially arrived. I didn't force myself to think about spring. I didn't choose that option from other possible responses, having weighed all of them carefully. It simply happened as I turned the corner. And I thought, "Wow. Time not only flies in real time - it flies in imaginary time too!"

Multiple times in the last few days I have heard something like, "I can't believe Thursday is Thanksgiving." It does seem that the years are passing a lot faster now that I'm in my 50's. (I can hear many of you saying, "wait till you're 60!") Soon it will be Christmas Eve. At what will seem like a blink of an eye everyone will be dressed in red for Valentines Day. With a few more ticks on the clock we'll be shouting "He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!" And those little orange breasted beasts will be prancing all around our yards once again.

To this warp speed life we can't seem to escape, the psalmist offers an interesting prayer: "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." (Psalm 90:12, NIV) A really good prayer, in and of itself for the light speed lives we tend to live. As the days fly by like freight train cars running on the track at full throttle, help us, God, to work hard at living the preciousness of each day we're given. Verse 12 takes on even more meaning when it's connected to verse 10: "The length of our days is seventy years - or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away." (NIV) Life is - in fact - a temporary thing, whether we like it or not. Early in life our "days" seem too numerous to count, and then in what seems like the length of a breath, there's more of them behind us than there are ahead of us.

"Thanks, Pastor, for those wonderfully uplifting words..." Well, I don't share them to bring you down in any way. I share them because the Lord is graciouly helping me to celebrate every moment I am given. To celebrate the moments, we must first recognize how precious - and how fleeting - they really are. Only then can we be truly awed and blessed by the gift that another day really is.

Friends, this Thursday IS Thanksgiving!! A day that - by God's grace - we are given to pause and celebrate God's generous provision for each of us, our families, and our nation. LIVE this Thanksgiving, sisters and brothers - don't just endure it. Realize the gifts that the people you love, the freedom you enjoy, and the breath you draw really are. Do it NOW, not when you're not as busy or when you get around to it or the next time you see them. Why? Because before you know it, we'll be saying "I can't believe Thursday is Thanksgiving," only the year will have a five at the end instead of a four. "Teach us to number our days..." And remember...

Keep Lookin' Up!
Pastor D.



Comments

11-26-2014 at 6:19 AM
Kelli
I've been living through the same feelings. I've been appreciating walking everyday with Jesus and seeing His mighty hand in my life. I've been appreciating my precious children more and more realizing the short amount of time I will have with them before they're "all grown up". I've been appreciating my strong husband who works so many hours for us. Thanks again for the reminder to hold on to each moment God gives us here to be a witness for those around us, and to be thankful in everything! (Especially as I am preparing for "the morning rush".
11-24-2014 at 9:34 PM
Kelly Swatzler
you have such a way of describing things in such an "everyday way". Thank you for making the complicated understandable & put to use in our day to day lives
11-24-2014 at 3:23 PM
Pat Mann
Enjoying my Caf'e Mocha at McD's while having conversation with some acquaintances, the topic was how "time flied!" Later today as I began packing for our trip to VA to be with family for Thanksgiving, I was sure to add a book Jane Allen lent me by Billy Graham, "Nearing Home" (on life, faith & finishing well). Turning to chapter 1, was the title, "Running Toward Home." with the scripture verse: Psalm 90:12 - teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Hmmm? Were both of these a coincidence, or a GOD-incident. Definitely, the latter. I'm always encouraged by your writings, Pastor. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Blessings, too.
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