Dear Family of Christ at SOV,
The reverie that is sometimes summer is winding down. I really don't want to think about it much, but think about it or not, that time still seems to stretch out for so long when viewing it from the end of May, never seems to last quite enough. It can feel so bittersweet, no matter how many years have passed. And I hear one person after another say, "I can't believe it's over already." Not meaning to be quite so sorrowful sounding because this is just the way it is. Time continues to roll, and things are certainly not always sorrowful. It is often a matter of perspective.
If those warm summer days had not continued to pass there would not be those tasty pears, plums and grapes to indulge in from our back yard. Yes the time passed quickly, but was the expectation really that time would slow down now? So instead of lamenting what has gone by, the choice can be made to simply give thanks for what has gone by.
It was late afternoon of the day off, a beautiful day, and I lay on the couch on the deck, in the shade, reading a book. What a simple, glorious time to enjoy. Nodded off once in a while, reading the same paragraph more than once. Then stopping to simply look at the canopy above me. The green of the tree, the blue of the sky, the sound of the birds and a slight wind rustling. Instead of thinking of time passing, simply letting the moment be a gift. And it was.
Thank you Lord. What moments do you give thanks for? May they lift you well.
"O God, give us times of refreshment and peace in the course of this busy life. Grant that we may so use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds that our spirits may be opened to the goodness of your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
Reminder; Sunday Supper Social August 30th, 4:00 PM at Pastor Randy and Choices home in Albany;