• on November 29, 2017

For the Time Being

For the Time Being! That’s what I’ll call it.” I blurted this statement out to my kids about thirty minutes ago. I’ve always wanted to write a blog, but two things kept holding me back. First, nothing to say and secondly, no good name for it. Granted, one of these is probably more important than the other. I still might not have much to say, but I think I came up with a name. For the Time Being.

I stole the title from For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio, a 1500-line poem by W.H. Auden, first published in 1944. It’s a work that I think everyone should read and study. An anonymous review said of the poem: “in it we have a remarkably ambitious and poetically rich attempt to see Christmas in double focus: as a moment in the history of the Roman Empire and of Judaism, and as an ever-new and always contemporary event for the believer.”

The poem lends itself well to the kind of things I think about a lot and the things we talk about a lot at Christ’s Church. For the Time Being we live in this world as it is. For the Time Being we wrestle to live in this world, but not of this world. For the Time Being we struggle to live with and love our brothers and sisters. For the Time Being we find ourselves regularly exploring and examining how to connect our eternal faith to everyday life. For the Time Being we trudge up the mountain slopes and back down into the valley again, as we journey along the Way with Jesus. For the Time Being we long for Faith, Hope, and Love. He will come. In the fullness of time He came the first time. In the fulness time, we will experience His second advent. But, For the Time Being, we wait. Patiently wait.

Just like Auden’s poem, our spiritual births are on one hand a moment in time in the empires of this world. But also, a recurring daily exercise in discovery and implementation of what it means to live out the paradoxical, but complementary, realities of being born daily from above, yet dying every moment of every day here below. For the Time Being, of course.

The primary target audience of this blog is my wonderful church family at Christ’s Church of Billings, MT. My primary objective is to challenge and encourage them to continue to journey with Jesus. Some are running. May they not grow weary. Others are walking. May they not grow faint. And others are sitting on the side of the road. May they know that Christ sits beside them.

These sweet people have been so kind to me and my family. They have embraced us with faith, hope, and love. They have graciously endured, forgiven, and overlooked my foibles, idiosyncrasies, sins and youthful zeal. I love them. And if I can serve them with only half of the love, loyalty, grace and patience that they have bestowed on me, then I’ll consider it a success. And we will continue to walk this road together and explore eternal faith in everyday life, For the Time Being.

J. Mauger

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