It was not much of a surprise to me when I read this week
that we Americans consult our calendar—
–that we spend our time thinking about time
–as much in the last six weeks of the year
as we do the rest of the year combined.[i]
Of course we do: the holiday plans,
…dinners to assemble,
…travel itineraries to arrange,
…schedules to juggle—it’s inevitable.
In my household, add to that sick kids and Thanksgiving dinners
and an invitation to the kids’ first ever overnight slumber party
and it’s a wonder that beard I had didn’t turn gray.
We are “aided” in all of this
by the consistent drum-beat of our time-obsessed culture.
There are 24 days until Christmas.
30 days until New Year’s.
School Winter break is in 19 days. At least in our school district
(Also: 102 days until Spring Break
and 177 days until school is out for summer!)
While we’re at it: Tax Filing Day is 135 days away
and the 2016 presidential election is only 1074 days from now.
I’m sure the ads will start pretty soon….
There is a way in which we are CONSUMED by the drum-beat of TIME.
Particularly so, perhaps, at this time of year.
…And so it may STARTLE us
to come to realize that Paul is referring to NONE of this
when he begins our text from Romans today:
“You know what time it is,
how it is the moment for you to wake from sleep.”