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The tyranny of time

We must find a balance between holy work and sabbath rest

Chris needs to contact a co-worker and Jesse is eager to touch base with an old friend. They could pick up the phone — they each carry one — or write an e-mail. But piles of work leave Chris unable to decide which means of communication to use, and Jesse is just too tired to make plans for leisure.

When work is a race and rest a mirage, we become captives to the tyranny of time. Our society has adopted 24/7 time — the epidemic of endless availability. We need the weekend to "catch up," but are too tired to welcome the Sabbath.


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