This passage from Ecclesiastes continues to stay with me. In the past, I have read these verses about time as if they were an explanation of the things that happen to us all in life. As a human being, building and tearing down, war and peace happen. Like, these are facts of life. Also, I have read these verses in regard to times that had already happened. For example, in seeking healing after the death of a loved one, I might have turned to the verse "There is a time for mourning" as a source of consolation for a death that had occurred days or weeks or months before. In these days, I am reading the passage and experiencing the time that is referenced as time of the present. Again, what happens each moment of each day is beyond my control. I may think that I am controlling time, but in reality, I cannot. How I think about time affects my day and my relationship with the God of my day. The times that are referenced in the passage are times of the present, each tme and each event in time is a gift from God. So, I approach time with a sense of joyful and trusting expectation as well as with a sense of gratitude. In particular, I could be anxious about ever learning the Spanish language. I might want to measure what I have learned each day and perhaps yield to discouragement. But really, if I am living in the present moment, of the present gift of God, and it is of God, I will in fact learn. My emotion is one of gratitude and trust, not of fear.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012