A Letter From Our Pastor: August — The Gift of Time
With August upon us, I’m shocked by the simple reality that summer is just about over. Some of us are trying to squeeze in that one last vacation or sit outside for just a few more minutes. But for the most part, we’ve started to transition back into the swing of fall.
How has this happened? Wasn’t it just yesterday the kids were getting out of school and the sun decided to show its beautiful face again?
I once heard from a psychologist that time seems to pass more quickly as we get older because we’re experiencing fewer “firsts.” When we’re continually experiencing new things, time tends to stand still while we’re living them. After we’ve repeated those events numerous times, they don’t faze us much anymore — and before we know it, months have passed, seasons have changed, and it’s time to start the annual cycle again.
Yet, we should not allow our time to be something that simply evades our grasp, trickling through our fingers. After all, time itself — every moment on this earth — is a gift from God. We each have 24 hours today and seven days this week to use however we please. Not one of us gets more time than another.
At the end of this summer, there is cause to look back and see how we chose to use our time these last few months. Did we set aside time to pray? Have we set aside time to serve others? Did we devote time each day to serve God? When we assess the use of our time, we must make a spiritual examination: “Have I been a good steward of the time given to me?” Maybe now is a good time to make some changes in our lives and get more involved. There is no better time than right now to seek out ways to serve God, our parish, and those around us. This is what it means to be a good steward!
As the lazy days of summer give way to the busyness of fall, remember to keep God in your hearts, in your minds, and on your tongue as we continue our stewardship journey as a parish family.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Steven Arisman, Pastor