Buying Time

Sunday, May 17, 1998

Romans 11:10 – Be kindly affectioned one to another, with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.

The head nurse on the floor on which I volunteered gave a deep sigh. Upon my acknowledging it, she said she just wished she had some time, so the next day I presented her with a little bottle of thyme, explaining that perhaps it might serve to remind her that someone was at least sharing her wish that she could have more "time". She keeps it to this day.

Every month we faithfully pay our bills to buy more time to use our computers.

"Buying time" is a common expression used by business people when they are in a jam, and need a temporary "fix". Lawyers use the term in conjunction with their various delay tactics… they are "buying time" for their clients.

Oh that "buying time" would be so frivolous, so easily obtained for those struggling with life-threatening illnesses. Some, when undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, or a new drug, will say "at least it's buying me some time". We would wish we could just go to a store and buy it for them. But we cannot.

What we can do, is be a "symbol" of time. We can do for them in the time they have, those things which they cannot do for themselves, but which would benefit in some way by our doing it for them, or with them. We must remember that time is a gift from God, no matter how much or how little, and for those of us who seem to have more time than others, our gift to God then, would be to share our time.

Prayer: Bless us, O Lord, we pray, that we may see our way clear to share a little of our time each day. In His name we pray. Amen.

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