Dear Lord,

As we thank You for the gift of time which provides us with a past, present and future, we ask for ourselves and for others to have enough time; time to pray and to listen to You, time to think Your thoughts and obey Your will.

May I have enough time for others and their needs, so my life is not concentrated on myself. May my time be spent for Christians and those who don’t yet know You, in the correct proportions.

While we still have this gift, may we use it to the full before the time arrives when time will be no more and when in the later day we have to give an account to You of how we spent this commodity. May we not be ashamed.

Minutes, days, months, decades make up this elusive thing which we can’t rewind, it is literally here today and gone tomorrow. Like all Your gifts it is not to be squandered but used and treasured.

God of time and timelessness we pray this in Your name,


God’s Sky

One morning I looked up at the sky which was a pale blue, punctuated with fluffy white clouds. I mused that in the antipodes the sky would likely be a vivid blue, though nightfall would be approaching. The mantle of the sky wraps right around the world, north, south, east and west.

Then I got to thinking about the last day when the trumpet call will sound. If it is midnight in the northern hemisphere, will it be mid day in Australia? What it will be, is the cessation of all time. Time will be no more, but still the one minute before this time will exist. I can’t imagine the how or when this will happen but the most important thing is that this will happen. Christ will return!

Days Drag and Months Fly.

I had this comment from a young friend of mine in an email recently. She is under 30 and not more mature like myself, but she still felt the rushing by of time.

Do you remember being stuck in boring lessons at school, or waiting to go on that first date? The days certainly dragged then. Sitting in monotonous business meetings when the clock seemed to stand still made the days never-ending.

Yet in 2021 we are almost to the longest day. My friend presented her credit card at the till knowing it ran out at the end of May; it was then the middle of June, but she still felt in May. Where had the months gone. I remember hiking, climbing and generally rushing round having fun but I ask myself where have the years gone?

God’s idea of time is so different from ours. He has been gracious in giving time, He knows we can’t cope with eternity yet. The hymn says ‘A thousand ages in Your sight are like an evening gone.’ We have only 80 or 90 or at a stretch 100 years. God has eternity. I can’t imagine what life will be like without time. I’m looking at my watch or mobile repeatedly. There is always the next thing to be done or experienced.

I’m glad God is in control of time. I don’t want to be here for ever. The next life will be for ever. That’s OK by me.