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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 25, 2014

As we get older, time marches at an accelerated rate

By REV. MARY CHRISTOPHER, St. Michaels Episcopal Church | Aug 30, 2013

The following words from the Bible found in 1 Corinthians 15:52 gives us much to ponder.

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet:

for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised

incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

It seems as we grow older, time marches by at an accelerated rate. I remember as a child, how long the school year lasted. It seemed as though summer would never get here. Yet, at this stage of life, the blare of construction on Washington Street still rings in my ears, as if it were interrupting our life here just a few weeks ago instead of last Summer.

With time rushing on so quickly, we can easily forget to make space in our lives for the important things; or as it is said, “Take time to smell the roses.” Although time flies by, it’s important that we make time to thank God for the gift of the day we are given. “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).

We often forget to show those we love and people we appreciate how thankful we are that they are part of our life. With someone’s acceptance, there is always time for a hug. With someone you cherish, there is always a time to say I love you.

Don’t assume that people know how you feel about them. I have done too many funerals where grieving relatives and friends have lamented the fact that they never told the person who died how much they have been loved.

Take time before it slips away too quickly to settle important matters of account, not just the finances of your estate, but the value of your love. I would much rather be left with the wealth of one’s love, than be stuck with Aunt Sadie’s treasured Coo – Coo clock.

Discover the true treasures of your life, and give thanks to God for them. Let those you cherish know how you feel before it’s too late; before the twinkling of an eye flashes by, and the last trumpet sounds.

Thank God for life, love and time. May we all use these gifts wisely, and be changed through God’s grace.

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