A few weeks ago I bought the Star Trek: Time Travel Fan Collective. It’s a collection of Star Trek shows from the different series that features tales of our Starfleet heroes going forwards and/or backwards through time.
The concept of time travel has always intrigued me. I have awoken on more than one occasion from dreaming of going back to my high school or university days with knowledge of 2011… Would I change anything? Or would I make sure to leave everything the way it was? I wonder, if you were given a time machine, would you visit the future or relive November 5, 1955?
Sometimes I think that the Word and Sacraments make time travel possible. The Bible tells me what God has done in the past, who I am in the present, and the hope God’s people have for the future. I exist in a continuum, blessed by those who have gone before and confident of God’s help and strength in the future. Similar with the sacraments: Baptism gives us a picture of having died and been raised with Christ in the past, of Jesus washing us clean and renewing us for service in the present, and of us crossing the river into glory in the new heaven and new earth. And the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross in the past, a means by which the Holy Spirit nourishes us in the present, and a foretaste of the wedding banquet of the Lamb in the future.
Last but not least, the Word and Sacraments remind me of how God holds the past (which I cannot change) and the future (which I cannot predict) in His hands, freeing me and equipping me to serve Him with all I’ve got here and now.
PS: If you know why I chose November 5, 1955, let me know… We can be geeks together!