The Psalmist cries out:
O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!
Some of you have heard me share (more than once!) what was so imprinted on me in seminary: “Haste characterizes love”. In other words, when you know that your end is to love, there is no time to waste. Lovers do not dilly-dally. They are about the urgent business of loving.
The Swiss philosopher and poet, Henri Frédéric Amiel (+1881), says this beautifully:
Life is short and we do not have much time
to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us.
O, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.
Indeed, “Christ’s love compels us...” (2 Corinthians 5:14)
The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington