Time and Time Again

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: Eccl 3:1

Last night found Linda and me at her old Alma Mater, Broaddus High School.
Another Pre-K class she helped raise 20 years ago graduated high school.
The class valedictorian, Emily Evans, gave a really good speech.
The part that caught my ear was her reference to time from Ecclesiastes Chapter 3.

It was her time. She worked hard for years to get to this point. Time brought her here and time will take her away as it has so many before her.
I posted a photo on Facebook of the graduating class sitting in the gym last night.
Some of the comments follow.

Shelly: Hard to believe I sat there 35 years ago with 33 other graduates.
Linda: I walked the old Gym in ’78. Almost 40 years.
Sheila: 32 yrs for me! Wow, time surely doesn’t stand still! I’m old ya’ll! Thank you Jesus!
Charleston: 22 here
Sibyl: That is 65 years ago for me and it was in the old school in the auditorium. There were 10 of us and I think only 4 still living.

Tennessee Williams said, “Time is the longest distance between two places.”
That’s true and yet it takes only a moment to travel that distance.
Just ask those that graduated 35, 40, or 65 years ago.

Like Solomon long ago, I have discovered some things about time in my 60 years.
Whether I stood still or worked hard – time did not pause for me. It continued ticking along.
Time gave me a wife, children, and grandchildren.
Time took from me family, friends, and hair. And gave in return some bit of wisdom, wrinkles, aches, and pains.
Time never allowed me to look forward but allowed me to look backwards all I wanted.
Time was good to me on some days and bad on others.
Time never stopped or adjusted because of my schedule.
Time travel is only possible in your imagination. With it you can travel anywhere in history.

The greatest lesson I have learned from time is something Paul wrote to the Roman Church – “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” Rom 13:11

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