Holy time is God’s time. It is the mystery and promise that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Yet the incarnation of God in Jesus, God’s entrance into human history, means that the God of eternity is also present with us in our times. God is a part of our pasts, presents, and futures.
Holy time is also how we “live and move and have our being” in God as we live out our faith in relationship to the times of our lives: through acts of memory that re-member us as God’s people, through recognizing and responding to God’s grace in the now, and through reimagining the future in the light of God’s reign.
The good news is that we belong to a God who remembers us—and who re-members us as individuals and as a community of faith. God calls us, enlightens us, and sends us into the world as members of Christ’s body, to love and serve God and our neighbors. Every time we forget who we are and whose we are, God reminds and re-members us.
This message is an excerpt from “Bible study, session one: Holy Time” by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni in the September 2020 issue of Gather magazine. Session two and three in the Bible study are continued in the October and November issues.