Time is the news of the day. Yesterday was yesteryear. Today we wipe the slates clean, turn the ledger page to a new fiscal period, and leaf through the engaging photos that will mark the progress of the calendar we freshly hang. Time is on our minds, even if it is only a hangover from last night's partying. What time is it?
Einstein got it right, of course: time is relative. We're all related to it! And it treats us differently as we hold its hand. Says the poet:
When as a child I laughed and wept, Time crept.
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.