Friday, December 04, 2009

It's the 100th Anniversary of the Montreal Canadiens today and they're playing Boston tonight and I wish I was back home watching the game.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Thought for the Day

Where has the time gone? With Christmas a little over three weeks away it’s what we’re wondering. Has it been a year? Look at those children – they’ve grown up! Where has the time gone?

Time doesn’t actually go anywhere, does it? When we were small, time simply passed slowly. It took forever. We’re grown up now and it’s picked up tempo.

Should I worry about time doing that “other thing” (which time is also said to do) which is to “run out”?

Whether it goes, whether it passes or whether it runs somewhere you could drive yourself nuts trying to catch it or slow it down.

There’s no shame in occupying our portion of it and being satisfied with that. Grander people than us have seen their time come and go.

I have this picture in my mind of a Christmas gathering when I was small and my great-grandfather was still alive, up at the head of the table fiddling with his hearing aid which was squawking and squealing.

I’d have been six or seven. It was a timeless moment. Grandfather sat at the head of a table of busy young people who, for a single evening, were gathered together and it must have seemed timeless to him too.

Temporary, of course: We’d have all been back to business as usual given a few days
but for that moment the family was complete and together.

Time does something else too.

Those saints who were given to having visions knew it. When our first child is born we experience a piece of it. When love is expressed between people, or when words are written, spoken or sung which are beautiful and resound deeply within the human soul we feel it:

Don’t we say, in those moments, that ‘time stands still’.

Time stands still in the presence of the most important things. That we are there and participating in that moment is more than enough – it chases away the fear we have of being insignificant – not because we’ve grown bigger in any way ourselves,

but because we become part of it, part of what is meaningful or maybe even eternal.

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