I praise you seven times a day
for your righteous judgments. – Psalm 119:164
(Picture created by Rei-artur, who neither endorses not denounces this use, published under Creative Commons 3.0)
One of the most unfortunate annual modern rituals is happening this weekend: the shift to Daylight Savings Time. Yes, this means that we will skip over 2AM as our society will wake up one hour earlier. While I know that this is wading into politics, but seriously? Why is this annual shift still a thing?!*
The above psalm verse comes from Psalm 119, which is the longest psalm in the Bible. It comes from the second to last verse of this long acrostic (i.e., a poem that starts with particular letters in a pre-set order) that extols the greatness of God’s Teaching. This particular verse is one of the places where Second Temple Jewish groups (Christianity included) got the idea for daily scheduled prayers. The Christian monastic communities took this idea very seriously and established seven times of corporate prayer. Establishing these official prayer services was meant to help the faithful live into Paul’s teaching to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Praying all the time is a practice that I, myself, struggle with. However, the practice is in order to point out that God has created all things, time included. Such a thought is humbling to think about. Time is one part of Creation that we often take for granted, but without it, we, and the rest of the universe, wouldn’t be. Regardless of how society numbers that time, all of time is a gift from God.
So, try to get to sleep an hour earlier on Saturday night. Set your clocks ahead an hour. For those able to make it to worship on Sunday, we will be having a more sedate service as we will be singing music from the Taizé community in France.
God continue to be with you,
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+
*Please note: I see the benefits to either Standard Time or Daylight Savings, I just think we should choose one of them and stick with it. Don’t forget (1) to set your clocks forward and (2) Jesus loves you.