I once telephoned a publishing company to make the observation, as if they didn’t know, that all the calendars they produced started the week on a Monday. I wanted to know why. I was told that it was more acceptable to business people to follow that style.
I am not sure whether I was bold enough at that time to explain where I was coming from with my question. The truth was that I had grown up with the understanding that Sunday is the Lord’s Day, which Christians in the early church set aside for worship, remembering especially Jesus coming alive again after three days in the grave. Worship before work, therefore.
It still irritates me when I find that most calendars for sale in the shops begin with Monday, but I don’t suppose for one moment that my feelings will bring about a national change.
But here I am again, going from store to store, not willing to rest until I am able to find the exact calendar I want. Clear print, black on white, religious holidays in red, phases of the moon – not a lot to ask. If imperial measures are included on the back of the December sheet, then I’ll be ecstatic.
Well, yes. Maybe I’ll bite my tongue and just stop worrying about it ...
So another twelve months has passed. What was it like? For us, there were many highlights amongst the challenges and disappointments, both in family and work, for which we are very grateful.
Now 2013 is upon us, and it seems only a blink since we entered the new millennium. But that’s the way it is, and we have to be prepared.
This little quip amused me. ‘No wonder time flies. Have you ever noticed how many people are out to kill it?’ The play on words is thought-provoking as well as clever.
I would like, during the coming year, to use each day, Sunday to Saturday, productively and in a way that is honouring to God, knowing that it will not be long before the Lord returns.
And this is our prayer for one another: ‘May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father (who has loved us and given us unending encouragement and unfailing hope by his grace) inspire us with courage and confidence in everything we say or do’ (2 Thessalonians 2, 16-17).