Ponderings for March 13 2019

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12, NIV)
 
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. (NLT)
 
Does anyone remember the Count on Sesame Street? He was a lovable vampire Muppet who taught the children to count everything (from the number of chocolate chips on a cookie to the number of days before Christmas). A memorable lesson in learning how to count and the anticipation of counting.
 
The psalmist in the verse above asks the Eternal God, on our behalf, to instruct us in the school of “numbering our days.” He is reminding us of the brevity of our lives and the limitations of human existence in light of the ticking clock and of God’s eternal being.
 
To count my days is to remember that they are limited and that they will slip away like loose change if I don’t invest my time wisely.
 
It was six years ago that my sister passed away! How can that be? It seems like only the day before yesterday when we said goodbye. Time moves on at warp speed. It is easy to get stuck in time, especially if it’s a time of grieving (just ask my mom).
 
And yet, I can either passively succumb to the monotonous progression of the days and remain unchanged (only older), or I can make the days “count” and seek to grow in each of them.
 
That is what the 40 days of Lent can be. Each day that we count toward Good Friday and Easter and each day that we practice a chosen discipline can be an opportunity to grow in our identification of Christ’s humility or in our resolve to live obedient and servant-focused lives. We can deliberately see each day as one wherein God is moving us closer to the image of his Son.
 
The noise and the cold of the construction site is always there. We are looking forward to the new and spacious Gathering Space. We are counting the days until its completion. And, as a church community, may we grow in the wisdom and understanding that we are ready to be the kind of warm fellowship that welcomes with exuberance those who will walk into the new space—those still to come.
 
I’ll see you in four days, if not sooner.
Pastor Paul