As we start a new year, I’ve been thinking about how quickly time is moving. That’s not unusual. I have heard that said by a lot of people over the past few years, from close fiends and family members to famous people I admire. But why are so many people, like me, aware of this. I’m sure it’s partly because we have just said goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016. And maybe it’s because a few days ago we celebrated our granddaughter’s first Christmas and birthday. It seems it wasn’t that long ago that our daughter was born. But it was really 40 years ago. Maybe it’s because during this past year I had to admit to myself that, at age 75, I was really a senior citizen and starting to experience the aches and pains that come with aging. Maybe it’s because so many people who I admired passed away during 2015. For example, Natalie Cole’s death at age 65 was announce just a few days ago. Maybe it’s because every time (once a week) I review my list of projects and activities I want to accomplish, most of them are still just items 0n a list and I’ll never even get started with some of them. Oh, how I wish time would slow down.
It used to be that I wished that time would move much faster than it really seemed to. I wanted the calendar to move quickly to the day I could get my driver’s license, graduate from high school and become a U.S. Navy musician. And on and on and on. There eventually came a time when I realized that I was wishing my life away. I don’t do that any more. Well, maybe I do wish for the days to get longer. For the cold weather to be over. But mostly I wish that time would slow down.
At the same time, I realize that time is not going to slow down. I believe that when God created the universe, part of that creation was the establishment of various laws of the universe, necessary in order to keep the universe going. One of the laws of the universe was and is time. So as far as I know, that’s not going to change. Time is what it is. So while I might wish for time to slow down, so there would be more time to get things done in this world. I don’t hope for that. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I believe there is a difference between wishing and hoping. The overall message of this blog is HOPE. I believe that anyone can hope for those things that are in accordance with God’s will, and in God’s way and God’s time, God will fulfill those hopes. Anything is wishful thinking. I believe this based on my experience and that of others I know or know about. That’s what my book, Hopes Fulfilled, mentioned at the end of this blog, is about.
The hope I now have and expect to be fulfilled, is that if I make an honest effort to discern God’s will for myself, day by day, during however many days, months, and years I have left to live in this world, God will let me know what he wants me to be doing, or what God wants to do with me, and will give me the grace I need to do whatever that is. I call that faith-based hope. Beyond that, I have no doubt that when my time in this world is over, I will still go on living in some form or other, somewhere and somehow (call it heaven, kingdom of God, paradise, or whatever). It will be a state in which I experience total and permanent peace, love, and joy. It is called eternal life, where there will be no need for time . More than that, I will be reunited with friends and family members form my life on earth. And I believe that you will ultimately be there too. What will we all be doing there? I have no idea. As one of my seminary professors always suggested when a question like this came from someone in the class, “ask him (meaning God) when you get there.” I’m sure that whatever it is will be worthwhile. That’s good news for the new year and any time.
I’m going to leave it at that for now. I am thankful for all the hopes God has fulfilled for me during my time in this world so far. I am thankful in advance for the hopes God will fulfill in future years in this world, and for the ultimate hope which will be eternally fulfilled when I leave this world. I hope the same for you, as we all experience nothing but the peace, love, and joy that God wants us to have.
Grace and peace, Ray
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Patty Perez and Ray Gough
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A Spiritual Autobiography
How God fulfilled the faith-based hopes
of an ordinary guy from Jersey City