In Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, we read: “There is an appointed time for everything, and for every purpose under heaven.” It then goes on to describe the many events that happen to us from the time we are born until we die, spanning a lifetime. It takes but a moment to realize how our life is taken up by seconds, minutes, hours, and days, and we may forget how much of a gift time is in our lives. We hear various expressions about how people view time, such as: “Time is running out” or “I’ll be there in just a few minutes.” We also hear, “What can I do to pass away the time?” or “Where does the time go?” All of us experience time as the measure of our lives. Wouldn’t it be great if we could take a moment each day to give thanks to our God for the gift of time as we plan our schedules, our days, and our lives?
By Joyce Iten, OSB