In just under a month, at precisely 6:07 A.M. EDT on Thursday, June 21st, summer will arrive! And for most of us, that’s a good thing. Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward seem to have gotten it right when they wrote the line, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.”
School will be out and the kids can sleep in. Amusement parks will be open again, attracting customers like moths to a light bulb on a warm summer night. Swimming pools and beaches will overflow with people looking to get a nice tan and stay cool. Dairy Queen and Manning’s lines will be longer. Golf fanatics, tennis players and bicycling enthusiasts will find their way to the course, the court or the trail. Vacations, visits with relatives, daytrips to the shore and family picnics will soon dot most of our calendars.
Yes, summer is the season of relaxation and recreation. And in the rhythm of life, we need relaxation and recreation if we are to avoid burnout and remain physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy. My hope is that all of us might have an enjoyable summer. But, I also hope we will remain attentive to the spiritual disciplines that will help keep us spiritually fit.
If you’re going to the shore, take along some reading material to enrich your soul (and not just your mystery/science fiction/romance loving-kind). Make prayer a bigger part of your spiritual life this summer by rising 15 minutes early to begin each day with God?
Why not get up a few minutes early, go outside and read your Bible? If you begin now and read one chapter a day in Matthew, Mark and Luke, you can finish reading these three gospels by early August. Certainly include Covenant’s Vacation Bible School (for kids and adults) in your plans: July 23-26 from 5:15 P.M. to 7:15 P.M.
Last but not least, let’s be sure to make participation in worship a priority this summer. I realize that sometimes we need to be away – on vacation or perhaps to visit relatives or attend a reunion. But if we make it a point to be in worship each Sunday when we’re home, most of us shouldn’t miss too many Sundays. Let’s keep in mind that in worship we re-center our lives in Christ as we confess our sin and hear the promise of forgiveness, as we offer our prayers and songs of praise, and as we listen to God’s Word as it is read and proclaimed. In Sunday morning worship, we receive direction and guidance, encouragement and hope – which sustain us throughout the week.
Therefore, in the words of Hebrews 10:25: Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing …. See you Summer Sundays at Covenant: still 10:30 A.M.!
Grace and peace,
This letter from Pastor Scott also appeared in The Covenanter – Volume XXXVII, Issue 11