• advent journal: doing the math

    by  • December 11, 2016 • advent journal, community, faith, friends, grace, hope, joy • 1 Comment

    I’m seventy minutes away from the end of my sixtieth year, as I sit down to write, and I have a confession to make: I am not a mathematician. I did, however, just stumble upon something as I was trying to figure out what words to use to close out this decade and begin the next. One of the songs that has shown up more than once on this blog is “Seasons of Love” from the musical RENT. We all know it well enough to sing along for at least a couple of lines:

    five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
    five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear
    five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
    how do you measure, measure a year?

    That math is pretty easy: 365 x 24 x 60 = 525,600 minutes.

    But here’s my where my end-of-decade foray with figures surprised me. I decided to see just how many hours I’ve been alive and so I did my calculation: 60 x 365 x24 = 525, 600 hours, which begs the question, how do I measure my life?

    in hugs
    in hope
    in sorrows
    in laughter
    in late-night discussions
    in friendships
    in cookies
    in stories
    in houses
    in schnauzers
    in books
    in words
    in songs
    in meals
    in surprises
    in failures
    in faces
    in grace
    in gratitude
    and yes, in love

    The list is by no means exhaustive. I’ve spent nearly half of my life with Ginger, which is enough to have made my life worth living all on its own. I feel overwhelmingly fortunate to be me: to feel so loved and so cared for, to have so many stories to tell of all the ways love has found me. I’m going to borrow and bend some of Guy Clark’s words to finish up my fifties andimg_4875 see what is to come:

    I’m sixty years old with a flour sack cape
    tied all around my head
    still climbing up on the garage
    and will be till I’m dead
    all these years the people said
    I was acting like a kid
    I did not know that I could not fly
    and so I did

    I’m one of those who knows that life
    is just a leap of faith
    spread your arms hold your breath
    and always trust your cape

    I think that equation will keep working for me.

    Peace,
    Milton

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    One Response to advent journal: doing the math

    1. Angie
      December 12, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Touched me

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