Counting Our Days

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness
how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
- Dr. Seuss

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein. – H. Jackson Brown

Psalm 90:12 (NRSV)
Teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.

Time is too slow for those who wait,
too swift for those who fear,
too long for those who grieve,
too short for those who rejoice,
but for those who love, time is eternity.
- Henry Van Dyke

Time is the most valuable thing that we have, because it is the most irrevocable.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

My time is my time, and I must live my time with as much fullness and significance as I am capable of, because my little segment of time is all the time that I have.
- Howard Thurman

Ephesians 5:15-17 (NRSV)
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

The God who often takes eons to bring about a particular result also works moment by moment, constantly revealing Godself, taking flesh in the everyday unfolding of our lives. - Jan Richardson, Through the Advent Door: Entering a Contemplative Christmas

The Rev. Guillaume Souquet de Latour (1768-1850) curate of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Paris, France. To give himself more time to study languages, slept only 4 hours a night for the last 40 years of his life. He mastered 40 modern and ancient languages. - Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Psalm 39:4-5 (NIV)
Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.

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For an excellent reflection by Steve Garnaas-Holmes entitled New Year, click here

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