Thinking again about this summer time, that is now full upon us, and
how it is often seen as a time to refresh ourselves. (If we are
fortunate enough to have that opportunity.) Maybe one of the ways we
refresh ourselves is by play. And we do not have to go a long ways or
have a great deal of time to play.
Thinking of the time there is to play with the grand kids. They were
down the other day, and usually the first thing that happens is that
we head outside, first to see what changes are taking place in the
ever changing creation of our back yard. At this time of the year
there are cherries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries all
waiting to be taste tested, and they never fail to delight. It is a
form of play to take in those changes and sometimes literally rush
from spot to spot and see what there is to be seen.
But then the play can begin in earnest with croquet, pickle ball,
playing catch, riding bikes, going to the pool, exploring the creek,
pausing now and again to check out the birds and butterflies, and on
and on. It is play, and it is good. It is not rest as many people
would define it, but it is refreshing, rejuvenating, fulfilling even,
and sleep comes well after a day of play, and a moment to offer thanks
for the richness of this world.
Please, if you are able, take some time to play (don't even have to
have kids around to do it, and the whole of the world can be our back
yard) and be refreshed.
Blessings, in praise of the Creator of all things,
We pray for those who work to protect and conserve our rich and
plentiful resources. Give them insight and innovation as they deal
with the vast challenges of caring for you creation, and for all who
long for welcome and hospitality but find only rejection and
exclusion. Lead us into a ministry of hospitality in our workplaces,
schools, neighborhoods, and homes. In Christ, Amen.
Pray for Vacation Bible School, August 16-20, for the coordinators,
the leaders and the children.