June 13, 2021
The summer’s warmth has started. I met a man this week who said to me, “I love this weather”. Yes, there are some who like the heat for various reasons. It is the humidity that gets me.
Before summer gets into full swing there are a few things that will happen. College graduations actually took place this year with some restrictions. High School graduations have already begun and will go on during the next two weeks. Eighth grade graduations will also be taking place. Our best to all the graduates and much success in the years ahead.
Summer vacations will be somewhat restricted again this year, but much greater than last summer. Spring projects might be winding up and the gardening is just about finished so that everyone can enjoy the lazy days of summer and look forward to relaxing on the beach, at the pool or in the backyard shade.
Take a few moments to reflect this week. All have suffered much because of the pandemic. Some, though, have suffered more than others with the loss of a loved one, the prolonged illness of others and many in compromised health situations or financial difficulties. Yet, we can support one another in prayer, in connecting by email, cards and phone calls. We can speak words of kindness, care and hope. We can do small but meaningful things like prepare a meal, bake a dessert or send flowers to someone in need.
I would challenge all of us though to do something beyond our comfort zone. Read a book on race relations and street violence in the United States, look into the issues of immigration, gender equality or the environment, discover the depth of life issues concerning abortion, adoption, postnatal care, people with disabilities, end of life issues as well as good education and health care.
You might also consider doing the Alpha course on Jesus which will be offered on zoom through the summer months beginning June 24.
God has given us the gift of time. Let us use it well.