There has been virtually no spring this year. Rain and cold dominated April and May, and June has been disappointing, but spring, or no spring, summer always follows. So break out the ice cubes, have a tall glass of whatever it is you are drinking these days, and settle into the hammock for some “easy living”- if you can.
We sing about the “lazy days of summer,” but the reality is anything but lazy. All of coastal New England powers up to maximum warp speed for the duration, and easy living becomes a traffic jam. But this too shall pass.
We live in a summer wonderland. We know the rhythm of gently rolling waves, the squawk of hungry seagulls and the call of dueling fog horns announcing their respective positions. There is the beach at dawn, and sunsets over the river and the Connecticut horizon. God is good. Creation is good. Let’s be good to it.
These summer musings are simply prelude to the central message which is that summer is a gift from God, but the easy living can get in the way of church. It is vacation time, a time for rest, recreation and renewal, but God is always on duty. Christ Church is not taking a vacation. Children’s chapel is still taking place at the ten o’clock service and the choir will be in residence for many weeks. This is our last summer without air conditioning for the church, but it’s just one more summer, and it will be a breeze! Pun intended!
So please don’t take the summer off from church. Come and hear the Word of God proclaimed. Come and break bread with your spiritual community and be nourished. Come and celebrate the abundance and richness of life that God brings forth in due season.
Then go in peace.