Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Gift of Time

 

“You make known to me the path of life;
   in your presence there is fullness of joy;
   at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

~Psalms 16:11

My Dad’s family has this amazing tradition which they began quite a few years ago where they set aside a time each Fall and they call it “Gift of Time”.  They gather and commune as blood family but also as children of one Father.  They enjoy one another.  They share heart and life and ways of praying and then they intercede for one another. 

IOld Sugar Mill and Florida Fall 027t hurts my heart that I have been too far away to enjoy this time.  But, nonetheless, their value of giving their “time” which in its purest form is the gift of themselves is a rich reminder and blessing to me.

Time. Our world spins madly on its axis.  Hustle and bustle season is coming and we go here and there and rub shoulders with so many and to-do’s abound and gift lists grow, but who gets the “gift of our time” ?

My children teach me this so.  They do not know of the demands that send big people running out doors and into cars and all around towns, states and countries.  When I am with them they give me themselves.  They show me the unadulterated perspective of “the gift of time”.  And so often, their gift goes unnoticed and I run wildly on this treadmill of life and drag them along.

Can you hear this too? Your spirit saying, “Enough!”? Longing to walk in that freedom of what’s most important.  To offer yourself to those given to you and not the things you do or the stuff you give.  Just You.  And that IS the gift.

Friend who reads this today:  Will you fight to give this ‘gift of time’?  Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I have a big meal to prepare, but by His grace I am determined that all will be gift.  Heart will sing as I prepare and interruptions will be embraced.  I do not want to be in the presence of those most dear and yet not really there.  If they get nothing else from me, I want them to receive a very full dose of my time. of me.

Let’s pray: 

Lord you are the Gift of all Gifts.  You give us all we need from Your infinite resources and all You ask from us is the Gift of Our Time. To. Be. in. Your. Presence.  To receive from You.  You.  And as we receive You, we become like You.  And we become the ‘gift of time’ to others offering ourselves and the grace of Your presence as we commune with You and others in the midst of Time.  Time and Eternity meet, Oh Lord, may it be so for me and all who read this today and every day. 

In the Mighty Name of Jesus, who gave every moment of his Time. his Life. so we might live it to the full… I pray.  Amen.”

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