A new year is here!
How will we spend our time in the New Year?
What will we do
with the 24 hours of each day
for the next 52 weeks
… those precious 3,760 hours?

Will we be good caretakers/stewards of the time given us?

The Greeks used two words to explain the different dimensions of time
– Chronos and Kairos.

Chronos refers to those chronologically-connected activities such as
… work school, volunteer events, meetings, medical appointments.
… doing the laundry, picking up the groceries, putting out the garbage
and taking the children to their after-school activities.

‘Kairos’ is elusive.
It’s those treasured moments
when we
… make time to simply “be”
when we
… get in touch with our true selves
when we
… see the ordinary about us and know
that there is something/SomeOne
greater than ourselves

Kairos is
… where challenge and opportunity meet
… when creativity and spirituality interconnect.

The “kairos” times in our lives
are those moments we spend
… sitting by the bedside of a sick child quietly reading a book
… seeing a newborn baby
… watching a caterpillar burst into a beautiful butterfly
… noting the formation of clouds on the horizon
… being reassured by the gentle purring of a cat or nuzzling of a dog
… hearing a piece of music that sends shivers up our spine
… receiving and giving a hug
… having a smile returned by a stranger
… enjoying the quiet prayer / meditation time in the tub or shower
… being aware of the gift of our breath unassisted by mechanical means
… holding the hand of someone who is dying
… slowly eating a meal, truly tasting and appreciating the gift that it is
… having fun in the kitchen making jam, a casserole, or cookies you’ll share with another
… gasping at the rainbow that arcs across the horizon
… walking through a cemetery and being aware of the frailty and fragility of your life
… laughing a deep, from the belly-kind-of-laugh.
… reading a portion of Scripture you’ve read countless times before and having it leap from the page
with a meaning never before encountered
… receiving a gift from another who, for no reason, chose to bless your day by giving you a present
of time or their presence or material possession
… sitting in silence before the ocean or fireplace and hearing, in that silence,
affirmation that you are a person the Creator chose to call into being
and that you are deeply loved

Usually, we’re very good when it comes to Chronos.
Many of us have 2017 calendars already partially filled-in!

However, Kairos seems more elusive.
So, as 2017 unfolds, may we
… make time to ’smell the flowers’
… recognize healing and compassionate presence
in another’s smile, touch, phone call, visit, letter, embrace, handshake, eye contact, tears
… encounter silence and solitude as ‘gift’ from the Creator
… see beyond the immediate moment and experience a global connectedness.

Many are asking ’soul-questions’ these days as concerns about
… terrorism
… the global economy
… their personal/medical crises
… climate change
… gun control and more
Overwhelm to the point that the ability
… to play
… to delight in
… to be amazed
… to forgive
… to be in awe
… to be creative
… to put love into action
is lost.

What if, this coming year,
we were intentionally
more intimately connected
… with Kairos
… with our spirituality.

May both Chronos and Kairos bring blessings into this world
and in each of our lives in 2017 in ways
far more than can be asked or imagined.

Happy New Year!


Text © june maffin

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