Still Saturday: Why We Don’t Need Time

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Thomas Merton wrote, in a light passage in one of his Gethsemane journals: “Suggested emendation in the Lord’s Prayer: Take out ‘Thy Kingdom come’ and substitute ‘Give us time!’ ” But time is the one thing we have been given, and we have been given to time. Time gives us a whirl. We keep waking from a dream we can’t recall, looking around in surprise, and lapsing back, for years on end. All I want to do is stay awake, keep my head up, prop my eyes open, with toothpicks, with trees.

~Annie Dillard in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


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In the stillness,


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  1. says

    the whirl
    swirling, wind rush
    of time passing
    sometimes I feel I can hardly stand
    yet here stand I
    and there you are
    and we both, drenched in His blessings
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    • says

      It’s amazing to me how she can write a whole chapter out of simple things–like a snakeskin she found on the forest floor.

      “Time is the continuous loop, the snakeskin with scales endlessly overlapping without beginning or end . . . “


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