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Friday, October 24, 2014

It's About Time

There is no greater challenge for me at this point in my life than time: how to use it, how to roll with it, and how to keep up with it. Unfortunately, our culture wreaks havoc on time. The nostalgic days of all TV programming going off the air at midnight and vacations without any electronics are gone. Culture used to cooperate with another pattern of time by stores closing all day on Sundays and Wednesday evening left open for church programming. Phone calls were expensive and letters were read slowly.
         But that is not our current reality. So, even Moses’ prayer (at least attributed to Moses) in Psalm 90:12 is very appropriate, timely, for me: Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

         There is an interesting, and maybe accidental convergence on this coming Sunday: it is Reformation Sunday. The big deal about Reformation Sunday is not a celebration that we are Protestants and not Catholics, but rather that the church continues to need reformation, renewal and change. And those things take great leadership, not unlike the leadership Moses provided to the people of Israel. As you read all of Psalm 90 in preparation for worship, read it as a leader’s prayer, and consider yourself a leader when you pray this.

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