“Can you see the Time?”

  • By Pastor Frank Alioto
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 10:17pm
  • LifeCommunity

I sat with some friends as we waited to officially start a meeting, when one glanced at the other’s watch and said, “Wow! I really like your watch, it has such big numbers!” We commented how our sight is diminishing as we get older and how nice it is to be able to tell time with ease.

In the Bible, the author of the book of Ecclesiastes, examines the meaning of life and conducts an experiment to find the best way to live life to the fullest. Most likely, the author was Solomon who had at his disposal every conceivable opportunity to embrace the pleasures and challenges of life. He pursued pleasures, riches, work, knowledge, experiences and even folly. What was Solomon’s conclusion about one’s life in relation to all our pursuits? He says it is all “Meaningless” as things are temporary and nothing lasts forever. How does Solomon propose one should live? Solomon says the best way to live is to understand the reach of time and how to live in a relationship with God. In Ecclesiastes 3, we see “ There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” He then contrasts life’s experiences, “A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…” (Ecclesiastes 3:2). In verses 1-8, Solomon outlines 14 opposite activities to show that there is a proper time for all human activity. We spend our days living between these poles. Solomon then says something important, “He (God) has also set eternity in the human heart;” Ecclesiastes 3:11). While many life’s events can be hard, it is crucial to see how important it is to have a right perspective on time. Solomon’s challenge is to understand time in relationship to how we live daily. If we understand how limited our time is, we can hopefully see how important it is to live each day the way God intends it. Solomon says this is the way we can understand and redeem time. Then the treadmill of life is no longer is “meaningless” but an invitation to experience walking with God and doing his work. Our challenge, like looking at a watch, is to see the best way to use our time on earth and to redeem time daily in all the seasons of life.

Pastor Frank Alioto works with spiritual care at Central Peninsula Hospital and is the Senior Chaplain with Central Emergency Services.

More in Life

Achieving the crispy, flaky layers of golden goodness of a croissant require precision and skill. (Photo by Tresa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Reaching the pinnacle of patisserie

Croissants take precision and skill, but the results can be delightful

This 1940s-era image is one of few early photographs of Cliff House, which once stood near the head of Tustumena Lake. (Photo courtesy of the Secora Collection)
Twists and turns in the history of Cliff House — Part 1

Here, then, is the story of Cliff House, as least as I know it now.

File
Minister’s Message: What’s in a name?

The Scriptures advise, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.”

Visitors put on personal protective equipment before an artist talk by Dr. Sami Ali' at the Jan. 7, 2022, First Friday opening of her exhibit, "The Mind of a Healthcare Worker During the COVID-19 Pandemic," at the Homer Council on the Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
ER doctor’s paintings follow passage of pandemic

Dr. Sami Ali made 2019 resolution to paint every day — and then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Almond flour adds a nuttiness to this carrot cake topped with cream cheese frosting. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: A ‘perfect day’ cake

Carrot cake and cream cheese frosting make for a truly delicious day off

File
Minister’s Message: A prayer pulled from the ashes

“In that beleaguered and beautiful land, the prayer endures.”

A copy of “The Year of Magical Thinking” by author Joan Didion is displayed on an e-reader. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Off the Shelf: Didion’s “Year of Magical Thinking” is a timely study on grief

‘The last week of 2021 felt like a good time to pick up one of her books.’

Megan Pacer / Homer News
Artist Asia Freeman, third from left, speaks to visitors on Nov. 1, 2019, at a First Friday art exhibit opening at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer.
Freeman wins Governor’s Arts Humanities Award

Bunnell Street Arts Center artistic director is one of nine honored.

Zirrus VanDevere’s pieces are displayed at the Kenai Art Center on Jan. 4, 2022. (Courtesy Alex Rydlinski)
A journey of healing

VanDevere mixes shape, color and dimension in emotional show

Traditional ingredients like kimchi, ramen and tofu are mixed with American comfort food Spam in this hearty Korean stew. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Warm up with army base stew

American soldiers introduced local cooks to some American staple ingredients of the time: Spam and hotdogs.

File
Peninsula Crime: Bad men … and dumb ones — Part 2

Here, in Part Two and gleaned from local newspapers, are a few examples of the dim and the dumb.