There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
"I just don't believe that I am living on borrowed time. I know that I am living on borrowed time."
I'm not sure if I realized the impact of this statement until I left my visit with my hospice patient and began to drive away. Anyone who has survived a major illness, a wreck, a life-threatening injury, or a number of other things that could have ended your life understand that our entire life is about borrowed time.
We do not know the number of days that we will live. It still amazes me when people talk about their illness and say, "Well, I guess it is just my time."
This morning as I write this, I'm struck by the reality that borrowed time is what we live on each day. It is the only reality that we have because we have such a hard time understanding what eternity will be like.
Someone asked me the other day if there would be sunsets and sunrises in heaven? For the person, she looked forward to these two events each day. "I don't know, but I'd like to think that maybe there is."
While we know that our life here is marked by the rise and setting of the sun, our spirit understands that this is the signalling of the beginning and ending of the day for our bodies that will one day finally cease to exist.
So often I find that the conversation leads to the spirit. I remind folks that we are limited by what our eyes see, but yet, the spirit knows. While we may look upon someone and see the body encountering the end of life, within we know that there is a spirit waiting to let go of this life and move into eternity.
The time that we have borrowed is what people will remember us by, but in reality, eternity is what our spirit has already begun to experience.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.