For Ministers and Pastors in the church, Christmas is not that which is experienced by the rest of the world. It is a marathon of worship services, stretching organizational abilities to the limit, in addition to all the other typical preparations and demands on time. Throw in a funeral or two and the temptation to shout ‘I give up” and not get out of bed rises to number one on the to do list. So it is this year. A member of the congregation, a long time elder, passes away on the twenty-second. Gratefully the family has planned the service for January 6th (Epiphany, complicated or appropriate?). Yesterday a long retired minister on the appendix to the roll died as well. This will require a funeral service which typically involves all active members on the membership roll.
In personal remembrances, it would have been my father’s 98th birthday on the 23rd, and my grandmothers’ 101st today. A year ago we had her funeral. The family is gathering at my mom and sisters’ house for hackaballa soup (Honig vegtable soup with little meatballs). My non-attendance will result in criticism and puzzled questions why I am not there.
And, yesterday the hot water heater started leaking. Today a plumber and electrician are in and out installing a new one, in retrospect, much too large for the space. (We didn’t purchase it, the owner of the company did with out checking first.)
And then, I read this.
There are many kinds of selfishness in this world, but the most selfish is hoarding time, because none of us know how much we have, and it is an affront to God to assume there will be more. ~ “Finding Chika” Mitch Albom
And I surrender again.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.