Events pass from the future through the present to the past. We measure them in what we call time. Our lives have a certain span of time. What we experience now will be looked back on as a part of our past life. Joy is marked in time and so is pain. All we really have is the present and it slips by quickly moment by moment. Yet, we let it slip by too preoccupied to notice until we say one day, ”Where did the time go?” Spiritual mentors have spoken of the sacrament of the present moment, the awareness and savoring of the instant of time we have now. It is the effort to experience each moment of time and a response to its invitation to live fully. It is an acceptance of each day of life as gift and a consciousness and of the presence of God in its unfolding.
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthains 6:2
Consider how you use your time. Do you overwork, become too busy to notice what is around you? Do you take time for your own reflection and stillness? Do you “lose” time?
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that.
When people go through something rough in life, they say, “I’m taking it one day at a time.” Yes, so is everybody. Because that’s how time works.
Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.