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By Steve Bietz

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The song starts with layers of clock noises.  The clocks were all recorded separately at an antique store and then the band blended them together.  The lyrics were written by the band’s co-founder, English musician singer-songwriter, and composer, Roger Waters.  Even though he was only 28 when he wrote the words to the song entitled “Time” one quickly realizes that the song’s topic is our human mortality.  The song was released in 1983 on the album by the group Pink Floyd on their most successful album entitled  “On The Dark Side Of The Moon.”  It sold 45 million copies.  On The Dark Side Of The Moon is one of the most critically acclaimed records in history.  The album was recorded at the fabled Abbey Road Studios.

Here is the chorus to the song, ‘Time.’  “And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking.  Racing around to come up behind you again.  The sun is the same in the usual way but you’re older.  Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.”

Not one of those songs that makes you whistle while you work.  However, it has been said that the future is slow, but the past is fast.  No getting around it, the song ‘Time” makes a fair point.   Us mortals, because of sin, have an expiration date.  Scripture says that “the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)  Paul also writes that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)   ‘All’ pretty much covers all of us I think.  So we all face getting older and death.

When we think of the great Biblical prophet Moses, we don’t automatically think of him as a songwriter.  But his words in Psalm 90 in the Bible have sold a lot more copies than the Pink Floyd song ‘Time’ on the album ‘On The Dark Side Of The Moon.’

Moses, like Roger Waters, considered the topic of our mortality in his song.  Moses wrote “We finish our years like a sigh.  The days of our lives are 70 years, and if by reason of strength they are 80 years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow.” (Psalm 90:9,10)

But Moses is not just making one of those ‘death and taxes’ comments.  He is making a point.  He is reminding us to consider how short life is so that we use time as wisely as possible.  Yes, with the New Year comes a list of resolutions.  I’m not going to share the statistics of how many resolutions we actually keep…it’s a bit depressing.   One resolution that we should have at the top of our list is to spend our time wisely, which also means we spend quality time with our Father God.

That we take the time to worship God in church.  That we take the time to pray to God each day.  We need communion with God more than we deem necessary.  I don’t know of anything more important than spending time with God.  Why don’t you and I schedule in God every day in this New Year, 2023?


Steve Bietz is the pastor at Morganton Seventh Day Adventist Church. You can read more good Christian news from Pastor Steve Bietz HERE.


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