November 11, 2021
It’s been almost a week since we fell back to Standard Time. How has it affected you? Do you like the change? Would you like to keep Standard Time year-round? Do you prefer Daylight Saving Time? (I learned in my research that Saving doesn’t have an “s” on the end).
It has not been very pleasant at my house. The dog wakes me up at 4:45 am and demands breakfast. Her schedule is never consistent with the clock as she whines and complains around her mealtime. Personally, I don’t like the early dark evenings, they seem so long and cold. I look forward to the days after the winter solstice when the days start getting a few minutes longer. I revel in the few moments of extra sunlight as it gives me hope that the darkness will be eaten away by the sun. I have nothing against the night for it is then the moon and stars make an appearance and the owls call to one another, I just don’t like the night to be greedy swallowing so much of the light.
Here are a few trivia tidbits I discovered about our two systems of keeping time. Daylight Saving Time was supposed to be a method to conserve energy although that method has not proven to be effective. Golf course owners, restaurateurs, and most tourism sites love it. On the downside, it has been proven that a person’s chance of having a heart attack increases about 10% at the start of Daylight Saving Time and decreases slightly after Standard Time takes its place. The cases of depression and those who suffer from cluster headaches increase when we switch to Standard Time.
There is a quote that speaks to the time change, the author is anonymous: “Daylight Saving Time: Only the government would believe you could cut a foot off a blanket and sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.”
We think of Light as good and dark as evil. Even the Bible uses that imagery. In 1 Thessalonians 5:5 it reads, “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”
Jesus talked about light and darkness to his followers. In John 8:12 it is written, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
Paul writes in Ephesians 5:8-11, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth. And find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”
One of my favorite hymns is “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”. I hum it every time I read these verses from 1 John 1:5-7, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
Let us soak up the Son so that we may illuminate the darkness in the world around us.