Advent in the meantime

Light and dark

his skin and mine. “Who has the time?” he asked. I had said, “I am a process person.”

He said it quietly, but I heard the harmonic ringing out: “Time is a privilege.”

The time between “thy kingdom come” and “thy will be done,” not for wasting only

waiting, glazed into oil painting, hands uplifted, light reflecting, glory hung on the wall.

Time, the first creature to be placed under the dominion of the Adam and the Eve,

but some of us are prone to squander, throw away its bones, instead

of tending, nurturing, pruning it to produce good fruit, forgetting

that our meantime is bound in service to the glory that waits, shyly, just out of time.

An Advent meditation for the Diocese of Ohio. Find more and sign up for daily meditations from around the Diocese here.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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