This has been a week when I am back to keeping a schedule.

Or trying to.

Today a forgot a lunch date until 20 minutes past the appointed hour.

So embarrassing!

It was a very busy morning, starting with 6:30 birthday song chorus from Owen and Julia for Granddad’s birthday, then a trip to the Eastern Mennonite University campus where I’ll be spending a lot of time this semester, attending the opening convocation of the spring semester, and meeting the new president of EMU, Susan Schultz Huxman.

Susan Schultz Huxman, ninth president of EMU

Susan Schultz Huxman, ninth president of EMU

After I forgot about my lunch date, (which was salvaged by a kind friend and a reminder phone call) I started pondering chronos time versus kairos time.

You may remember the distinction that chronos lends its name to calendars and watches, measuring the passage of chronological minutes.

Whereas kairos time connects with the eternal.

We can call it God’s time. The video below explains it without using those names.

Here’s an excellent blog post that describe Kairos and Chronos in more depth.

I’m not so good with Chronos time after living all of last semester in Kairos time.

In the midst of moving back and forth between kinds of time, I had some great news yesterday.

My article on Jubilación was the lead article on the website Next Avenue and was also published at In it, I tell the story of why I think jubilee makes a better name for the “third act” of life than retired. I hope you’ll read it, and if you like it, share it. It would be great to be invited to continue writing for these websites.

How does jubilee connect with time?

We can’t experience jubilee without also experiencing Kairos. But in this life we can’t disregard Chronos either.

I still feel a lot of movement between these two kinds of time. Ironically, once I establish a pattern of Chronos time that moves predictably and rhythmically, I can free myself to be open to grace, to Kairos.

 I am going through a lot of first-time processes as I move back to teaching and to participating in campus life.

Soon, I hope, this lovely space I’ve been given will become not just the place to prepare syllabus and lectures, but also the place to contemplate and converse,

to breathe deeply and enjoy the gift of the right time in the expansive universe and tender hands of God.

My temporary home in Professor Mark Sawin's office.

My temporary home in Professor Mark Sawin’s office. I’m teaching one course while he is on sabbatical.

Tell us what YOU know of chronos and kairos time? What impact does aging have on your experience of time?  No matter what your age!

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