Advent and Time : Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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4 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Duane,

    This may be my favorite piece ever…because I identify so strongly with your description of how we view time now.
    Trying to redeem the days I have left…

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    Many thanks… I was really thinking of our recent conversation when I wrote this. I’ve also sensed, at least for myself, a different relationship with time and how we use it. When we are younger, I think we use time for “gain”. We are “building” our lives with all that entails – education, finances, friends, relationships, etc. I think we’re at a different stage as we are a bit older. Now, I’m much more interested in what I can “give”. That involves possessions, mentoring, giving my younger friends a safe place to explore their dreams and ambitions, etc. We literally cannot “take it with us”! Not just possessions, but the knowledge we’ve acquired, the lessons we have learned and all the rest. For me, it helps to provide a purpose for this time of life…

  3. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Duane, very good article. I agree we go through these “age” phases but everyone does – whether Christian or not – whether an Advent observer or not, but the reality is there – we are designed this way.

    My wife says I am the least introspective person she knows. She claims I am fully aware of everything outside of me but totally unaware of what is going on in the inside. I plead guilty, so such an article is helpful – thanks.

    Now if you can explain to me the controversy over the Peloton Christmas commercial that would be helpful – I am not “woke” enough to see that. 🙂

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