What if we could slow time?By Susan Naslund
A new school year has begun, and Christmas is almost here!
At least that is how it seems to me. For the past 15 years I have scheduled my life around an academic calendar. School breaks, parent/teacher meetings, and field trip dates have taken up most of the ink in my planner. There has always been something to look forward to, grass that is always greener ahead, and better times on the horizon. Together, my children and I have marched through each school year with just a bit of discontent with the present moment.
When I recently returned to work, I noticed right away how easily it is to fall into the same forward-looking attitude. There are deadlines to meet, exciting things to plan in advance, and very little time to relish in the moment of a job well done. Even during this period of 'Ordinary Time' on the Christian calendar, we see the checking off of each week like a task on a "to do" list. This term "Ordinary Time" comes from the word "ordinal" which means "counted time," and following Pentecost, each Sunday is counted until we finally reach Advent. We tick off the First Sunday after Pentecost, the Second Sunday after Pentecost, and so on, and so on. No wonder we feel like we are on a conveyer belt to the future. Ordinary Time was designed to be a time for growth and renewal, but these days far too few of us have extra minutes in the day to reflect on how God has been present in our lives, what God has to say to us right this minute, and how God is calling us to grow now.
What if we could just slow the momentum of fall? If we could sit in silence for just a little bit of time each day, what would God say to us? Christmas will be here before you know it, so I am going to hurry up and slow down while there is still time left. If you decide to do the same, I would love to know what you hear God say to you!