“In Between” Time

part-time-vs-full-time-service-repsIt’s my favorite time of the year.  It’s one of my favorite phrases and its meaning we all love to hate.  “Inbetween.”  (Although it’s actually two words.)

This December 31 when did we stop saying “Merry Christmas?”  Was it the 26 or does the 26 still count but not the 29?  When did we begin to say “Happy New Year?”  Is it today or do we wait until 12:01 am to call all of our friends.  (I wouldn’t suggest that, by the way.)

In between:  you find yourself grieving and anxious at the same time when you leave one job and anticipate another.  “Maybe I should have stayed on just a few more years,” you think to yourself but this is a promotion, so why not.

If someone says that he/she is “in between jobs” then it is not an “in between time.”  It means that that “in between” is tweening waaaay too long.  The other word for that situation is “unemployed.”

You raise a family during this time normally lasting around 18 years but find that that “in between time” gets longer and longer as you wake your 30 year old son to get to work on time.

The doctor tells you “two weeks” for those test results and you’ve now created for yourself the space that is one of my favorite phrases.

A spouse or good friend passes away and that dreadful space is again created between the death and cemetery visit.

Our whole lives is an “in between” time from our birth to our death.  We live in this temporary world temporarily with always a Christian eye toward the eternal life that promises not to be “in between” anything but what it is we hardly have a clue.

Jesus lived “in between” his birth and his resurrection.  What comprised his “in between” time is anybody’s guess.  For certain, we know very little but it seemed inspiring and it sure has lasted the test of our “in between time” for countless generations.

Retirement can rightly be called “in between time.”  We’re “in between” whatever we did before and what follows the gold watch.  What does time mean to a retired person?  An extra cup of coffee with a good friend because time has quickly passed by?  “Ah, go ahead and finish the movie,” you say to yourself, “I’ll sleep-in tomorrow morning.”  “I’d like to volunteer for something but I’m not sure what, can you help me?”

For those who work it’s the “in between time” of Friday night to Sunday night.  How do we fill our days?

So, I wish you a “Merry Christmas,” no I mean “Happy New Year” or is it both at the same time.

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. He is associate pastor of partnering parishes, Christ King and St. Bernard parishes in Wauwatosa, WI.
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