Bishop John Shelby Spong ~ June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021
Bishop Spong provided a much needed place for those of us who did not connect with traditional theology. We love you Bishop Spong. You will be missed! Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s, Morristown, NJ and at St. Paul’s, Richmond, VA. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are available

The Time Piece

An hourglass stands firmly on the mantle of a fireplace

“Sands of time” are resting quietly at the glass bottom


The passage of time has long ago trickled downward

Life events drifted behind us, not again to be repeated


The past is over, the sand lies still — but could old times return again?

A hand grabs the glass, the time machine turned upside down


Grains drop gently again — but toward a future that’s unknown

New events will usher in new memories during this clock-like fall


We learn that it’s memories that lie in the wake of time gone by

Our yesterdays not to re-occur in quite the same way ever again


Nature’s time lesson is taught often starkly and so soberly

We are to “savor life’s moments as if snowflakes soon to melt”


Time marches quickly forward, it seems, much to our chagrin

Intangible and inescapable — a realm into which all are woven


But if our memories persist, they may sustain us until tomorrow

We hope most are cherished recollections of love-lived lives, lived well


And when it comes time to surrender our mortal beings to the Creator

May our hourglass selves join the divine in the “Dimension Eternal”



Verse by Randall Wehler, September 2013

Topics: Aging, Fiction and Poetry, and Worship & Liturgy. Resource Types: Poetry and Readings.

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