TIMES CHANGE

How many clocks do you have in your home? At 2am this morning the UK switched from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time. Did you remember to change all your clocks? Usually there’s one that our household forgets to change.

Aside from changing the time on clocks, has there ever been a time when times haven’t changed? Bob Dylan wrote The Times They Are A-Changin’ in 1963. The post-war decade of the Fifties had finished and a new and different – not always better – world was emerging: issues of civil rights and Martin Luther King Jr’s dream, JFK’s death, the rise of the Beatles, Vietnam… Yes, the times were changing. The song’s title still rings true today. Nobody foresaw a year ago, let alone half a century ago, that the world would be battling a pandemic with its attendant inconvenience, fear, frustration and bewilderment – including the wonky timing of the February/March Six Nations Rugby being completed now, and the May/June French Open Tennis played earlier this month. Changing times indeed.

The philosopher of Ecclesiastes wrote, ‘Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. He sets the time…’ Yet the Bible also tells us that ‘With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.’ God isn’t limited by time as we define it; he isn’t a clock-watcher but, as the one in control of history and the universe, our days are in his hands. 18th century poet, Isaac Watts, wrote ‘Time, like an ever-rolling stream bears all its sons away. They fly, forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.’ Thank God for the gift of this day. Let’s live it wisely – even as the times change.

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