Saving Daylight

This weekend most of us go on daylight saving time, which means it will be much darker when I get up and take my dog on our early morning walk.  For many of you, this is how is always was, but some of us remember a time when daylight saving time was unfamiliar.

We lived in Washington state for seven years (from 2nd through 8th grade).  I don’t remember ever having to change the clocks in those days.  Then we moved back to Minnesota and had three summer months with “extra” daylight.  In those days, we changed the clocks on Memorial Day weekend and changed them back on Labor Day.  So basically it was only June, July and August.

In Indiana, where only two small corners of the state are on Central time (Chicago suburbs and Evansville area) and the rest of the state is in the Eastern time zone, the majority of the state does not change so that the whole state is on the same time during the months of Daylight Saving Time.  One minister friend of mine had just been appointed to a church in the Evansville area and he said, “I’ll have to change my clock twice a year.  I’m not sure I know how to do that.”

One year in Minnesota, there was a dispute about when to change the time.  The state kept the traditional time, but in Minneapolis they wanted to change early, like much of the rest of the country, so in April Minneapolis changed their clocks, but St. Paul, the state capital, remained on standard time until June.  So the radio and TV stations had to give two times.  “If you are in St. Paul is 7:00, if you are in Minneapolis, it is 6:00.”  During the summer months the state legislature met and adjusted the start and end of daylight time to match the rest of the country.  So by fall everyone was back on the same time.

But, of course, changing the clock does not really give us more daylight.  The days remain the same length.  It is our perception that changes.

One thing remains true:  there are only 24 hours in a day (although through the magic of daylight time Sunday is only 23 hours long and next fall we will have a 25 hour day).  But we are given each day with the all the possibilities it holds.  What will happen each day is unknown to us.  Many times we will have some idea about what to expect, but there will be many surprises along the way.

It has been said that we only have today to accomplish anything.  Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not here.  Today is all we have to make a difference in our life and the lives of others in our world.  So what will you use this day to do? What can you do with the time you are given to fulfill your purpose in the life?

Remember the words of the Preacher in Ecclesiastes 3,  “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: ….”  And then he goes on to enumerate some of them  (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).  And the words of Psalm 31:15, “My times are in your hands; …”

How will you make the best use of the time you have?


About edwardsoule

The Rev. Dr. Edward A. Soule is now the pastor of Big Cove Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Brownsboro, AL. He retired as a United Methodist pastor who served 28 years as a minister in churches around the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. Before that, he was in Christian radio for 10 years and was a Baptist minister for two years. Over the years, Ed has also been a teacher in public schools, a private school principal, and taught at a Bible college. He has a B.A. from Bethel University, St. Paul, MN; a M. Div. from Bethel Theological Seminary; and a D. Min. from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH. Ed is now widowed. He had been married to Deborah (Mendelson) for 38 years. She was the executive director of Partnership for a Drug Free Community. He currently resides in the Hampton Cove community of Huntsville, AL, where Ed enjoys walking with their dog, Churchill, daily, running and keeping up the landscaping. "Dr. Edward" is available to speak to churches and other groups in the north Alabama/southern Tennessee area. Contact through this blog or directly at
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