Dear Short-timers,

Short-timers was a term I came to know back in the summer of 1984. I was serving as a chaplain intern at the Federal Correctional Institute at the corner of Quincy and Wadsworth. When an inmate had very little time left before release they were referred to as a short-timer. That was 30 years ago. Right now 2014, is in very short supply, hours are running out and 2015 is ready to break in.

How do you feel about the time you spent in 2014? What are your hopes and dreams for the time ahead in 2015?

We have good times and bad in life. We are invited by a gracious God to live each day and work, not seeking results, but rather enjoying the process of the toil. Only God knows where all of this leads or what it finally adds up to. We don’t have to keep anxiously asking ourselves what lasts and what endures. Only God can make our labors mean something important and eternal. We can keep working, and enjoying our labors for the time being, confident in the goodness of God to make the times of our lives mean more than we can ever make them.

May the redemptive blessings of God reach deep into your 2014. May the hopes and dreams of the Holy Spirit be in the time Jesus has in store for your 2015.

A great way to reflect on time is through the Byrds' 1965 hit “Turn, Turn, Turn". The Byrds brought to life the Old Testament truth of Ecclesiastes 3:1-13. In this clip you will see Randy Rigby and Ed Edward's (God’s Grace Community Church musicians) buddy Roger McGuinn, former lead singer of the Byrds sing the song.

So fellow short-timers may the remainder of 2014 be blessed for you, and let us look ahead with hope to the time we’ll share in Jesus' name in 2015.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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