Devotional – Wednesday, April 15, 2020

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3: 1

TIME: It seems we never have enough of it, . . . until we do.

Two Greek words translated “time”:

  • Chronos: measured time, hours, minutes, days weeks, etc.
  • Kairos: immeasurable time, potential time, Kingdom time

Walked the SJP paths last Tuesday. Visited, safe distancing, with two fishermen by the lake. Wayne unhooking a small bass for release back into the waters. Jerry in a “Mobie,” limp line hanging out over the wet surface, in the doldrums. Had caught nothing. Reminded him there is a reason it’s called fishing, not catching. He laughed, cheered up. Kingdom time!

Proceeded on. Stopped to visit, safe distancing, with four other residents out on a sidewalk. Heard their complaints about food delivery;  not enough variety, too many boiled eggs. Suggested that we come up with recipes for repurposing meal items. Generated some good ideas. Planned to compile a cookbook. Left laughing. Kingdom time!

Walked on to the butterfly garden. Chatted, safe distancing, with two friends seated on a bench. Also shouted up greetings to neighbors seated on their third-floor balcony. Shared news about the new availability of wine for purchase in the SJP Market. Rejoiced together. Kingdom time!

Took the daily paper to Judy; Jewish, a Holocaust survivor. Worried about this new threat Told her we would get through this together. She smiled, said, “Thank you for that.”Kingdom time!

Ever present God, in these scary times, help us to be aware of and participants in Your Kingdom time; through the Lord of your everlasting Kingdom, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Offered by Rev. Dr. Tip Tipton

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