Summer! Now what do we do? 

 It is the ‘unofficial’ start to summer as I sit down to write this article.  The sun is shining, and the air is hot.  Kids are playing basketball in their driveways and riding bikes up and down the street.  A few little ones are playing with each other in the common area of our community plan.  Families are out walking together.  Even an occasional jogger runs past the house.  Sitting here on my front porch I am just taking in the sights and sounds of summer.  After a long winter and no spring due to ‘quarantine’ I am ready for summer to begin.  However, this summer will be like no other then I have ever experienced in my lifetime.

Looking at the summer calendar what I find is a lot of empty space.  The SWPA Synod    Assembly, Vacation Bible School, Mission Trips, and Lutherlyn Camp cancelled.  My daughter’s activities shut down for the season.  Vacation getaway plans scratched.  The community pool—well—we are still waiting to hear about that one?  Yes, things certainly will be different this summer, but it is okay.  Why?  Because despite all the changed plans I am looking forward to a restful and relaxed summer schedule with my family and friends.

Gazing at the beauty of God’s creation and thinking about the days ahead I am reminded of the words found in Genesis.  ‘On the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had done.  So, God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.’ (Genesis 2:2-3) If God who created the universe, molded the galaxies, spins planets, and breaths life takes a rest, how much more should we!  Genesis shows us that it is sacred to form a rhythm of work and rest.  God even made it one of the Ten Commandments. ‘Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy!’ (Exodus 20:8)   Rest, God teaches us, keeps our bodies and minds healthy.  But rest also affords us the opportunity to purposely listen for God’s still voice.  ‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…’ (Psalm 37:7)

Summer is usually a time of activity and busyness.  But this summer will be different.  And, as I said, ‘it is going to be okay.’  Together, let us embrace the summer of 2020 as a true gift.  This summer welcome the opportunity to give thanks to God for creation, family, and friends.  In the midst of plans being changed and activities cancelled see this time as a chance to be fully present with those you love.  Enjoy the time doing different things together that you would normally not get to do.  Take this time of stillness and listen for God’s voice.  Pray and spend time in God’s Word.  Above all, allow God to bless and rejuvenate you!

Peace,

Pastor Ron <><

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