By: The Rev. Geoffrey Butcher, Priest-in-Charge Trinity Episcopal Church, Russellville
October 4, 2013
Tick…tock, tick…tock, speaks the clock. In my home there are thirty-three clocks – some that speak, others dormant due to long use, and those living by electric power. What they have in common is an ability to say that time marches on…with or without my awareness or permission.
As we grow in age we begin to reflect on our past lives and wonder what the future holds. Most people nearing retirement make plans so they will be prepared financially and be surrounded by family and friends. For those who have reached this age the time may seem to have come suddenly as if over night. The clock kept ticking even when we didn’t take notice.
In our spiritual lives it is important to live each moment as it arrives. As is often said, God is present in the “now” of our lives. We don’t have to wait to begin to live fulfilling lives. God is present as the clock ticks as we move through the rhythm of each day. Each moment can become an encounter with God.
J. Philip Newell says it beautifully in a morning prayer:
“Early in the morning I seek your presence, O God,
not because you are ever absent from me
but because often I am absent from you
at the heart of each moment where you forever dwell.
In the rising of the sun,
in the unfolding color and shape of the morning
open my eyes to the mystery of this moment
that in every moment of the day
I may know your life-giving presence.
Open my eyes to this moment that in every moment
I may know you as the One who is always now.”
The ticking of the clock need not mark lost time but time lived to the fullest in the presence moment. Enjoy the One who is never absent from us but who is always present in the “now” of our lives.