I guess I am dating myself if I tell you that Jim Croce was one of my favorite singer-songwriters. And his song, "Time in a Bottle," is still one of my favorite songs. He wrote it for his then unborn son.
Jim Croce died at the age of 30. His son was only 2 years old.
"If I could save time in a bottle ..." If only.
Time is a problem. There never seems to be enough of it. We make lists. We try to prioritize. Still, we run out of time. We run out of time to do the things we want to do and to do the things we need to do.
And so I have to ask myself, do I make enough time for God? Do I take God for granted? Do I leave my prayer time for last?
If I want a close relationship with God, if I want to really know Him and recognize His presence in my life, then the best thing I can do is spend time with him.
Mass. Adoration. Liturgy of the Hours. Personal prayer time.
Ah. Personal prayer time. That thing we cannot seem to find time for. That thing we need to find time for.
That time to listen. To be silent. To be with God.
Whether it is 5 minutes or 10 minutes or 1 hour - taking time to just be alone with the Lord is so necessary for our personal relationship with Him.
We need to take time to hear His voice in our hearts. We need to take time to know God.
Time. It is a gift from God that we need to give back.
Let us then a thousand times a day turn our eyes upon this loving will of God, and making our hearts melt into His, be one with him. - St. Francis de Sales
from - my newsletter, Prayerful Morsels, Sept. 2012
Copyright 2012 Colleen Spiro
About the Author
Colleen Spiro is a Catholic mother, grandmother and a deacon’s wife. A certified spiritual director, Colleen loves to share her faith and encourage others through her retreats and writings. You can read her reflections at her website, Catholic Prayer Life and read or listen to her podcast at Finding God in the Everyday.