Creation, we are taught, is not an act that happened once
upon a time, once and forever. The act of bringing the world into existence is
a continuous process. God called the world into being, and that call goes on.
There is this present moment because God is present. Every instant is an act of
creation. A moment is not a terminal but a flash, a signal of Beginning. Time
is perpetual innovation, a synonym for continuous creation. Time is God's gift
to the world of space.... We cannot solve the problem of time through the
conquest of space, through either pyramids or fame. We can only solve the
problem of time through the sanctification of time. To men alone time is
elusive; to men with God time is eternity in disguise. Creation is the language
of God, Time is His song, and things of space the consonants in the song. To
sanctify time is to sing the vowels in unison with Him. This is the task of
humans: to conquer space and sanctify time.... Eternity utters a day.
-Abraham Joshua Heschel, The
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