The Child has time to take time as it comes

Fun with my grandson this summer

“The child has time to take time as it comes, one day at a time, calmly, without advance planning or greedy hoarding of time. Time to play, time to sleep. He knows nothing of appointment books in which every moment has already been sold in advance…

… the child is not afraid at the fleetingness of the present moment: stopping to consider it would hinder us from accepting the moment in its fulness…

… and only with time of this quality can the Christian find God in all things, just as Christ found the Father in all things….

A child that knows God can find him at every moment because every moment opens up for him and shows him the very ground of time: as if it reposed on eternity itself. And this eternity, without undergoing change, walks hand in hand for the child with transitory time. God defines himself as “I am who I am”, which also means: My being is such that I shall always be present in every moment of becoming.”

From “Unless You Become Like This Child,” by Hans Urs von Balthasar


For more, see “Invitation to a Mystery.”

About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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1 Response to The Child has time to take time as it comes

  1. Zehra Naqvi says:

    Beautiful! Made me smile.

    Liked by 1 person

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