I have heard an old Jewish curse, which like many thing associated with ancient Chosen People is stated thusly, “May you live in interesting times.” The morning news on any day will at least give you the impression that this curse is in full force.
The current Pope retired due to his tiring of dealing with Catholics, a noted Evangelical says the next Pope, the 113th, will be the Anti-Christ, and Obama is jockeying for position to change laws to enable the blind to reelect him to a third term. The list goes on, but you get the idea.
People have worried about the “times” for all of time and I suppose this waste will continue as long as time.
J.R.R. Tolkien, in Fellowship of the Ring, deals with troublesome times with this exchange: “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
I love the closing line which gives solid, even biblical advice on the wise use of our allotted time on the earth. Paul makes this plain in Romans 13:11, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”
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