Another View of Time

Here is an interesting quote indirectly about time:

When a Southerner took the trouble to pack a trunk and travel twenty miles for a visit, the visit was seldom of shorter duration than a month, usually much longer. Southerners were as enthusiastic visitors as there hosts, and there was nothing unusual in relatives coming to spend the Christmas holidays and remaining until July. Often when newly married couples went on the usual round of honeymoon visits, they lingered in some pleasant home until the birth of their second child. Frequently elderly aunts and uncles came to Sunday dinner and remained until they were buried years later.

Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind, (Scribner: New York, 1936), p. 153.

So where does our sense of time come from? Schedules, work, traffic, travel, or people?

Something to think about.

Pentecost – A lost Focus

This Sunday the Christian Church celebrates Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples. This happens 10 days after Jesus’ ascension into heaven. The first reading for series C is Acts 2:1-21, which describes the activity of the Spirit and Peter’s introduction to what is happening.

Certainly the Holy Spirit’s work on that day is miraculous and a display of God’s power to overcome even the language barriers erected in Genesis 11. But what is lost sight of in this celebration is that this event inaugurates the end times. Peter begins in Acts 1:16-17:

Rather, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about:

‘In the last days, God says,

I will pour my Spirit on everyone.

The urgency of the first Pentecost was the recognition that “time was short!” Thus, proclaiming Jesus Christ as Savior, Redeemer receives first priority in the lives and words of the disciples.

Have we lost that urgency? Perhaps we in the western world are more inclined to this malady; we move about as if there is no urgency in speaking about Jesus. What about you? Your congregation? Your church body?

As we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit this Sunday, let us also reclaim that end times urgency of proclaiming “Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).