For the morning is glorious. And although there are lots of sounds of birds and some traffic, there is a stillness in the air.
I love this time in the morning. This is when I wish the church had some outdoor tables and chairs so I could sit outside with my coffee and contemplate God's creation.
Sometimes we need to take a moment to "chill" and quiet ourselves and remember who we are in the midst of the busy world around us. Last Sunday we talked about being in the world and showing the love of Christ to those around us.
As we begin this lovely summer let us remember to appreciate what God has given us: our little patch of the world - whether it is your yard, your deck, our your view from a window. Let us thank our Creator for the quiet moments we have to be still and listen.
I challenge you to use this summer as children do -- a break from the challenges of the school year - a time to be free and explore and play. Sure, we all have to continue working; but within that responsibility, take some summer moments to appreciate the warmth (yes, remember that cold winter we had!), bird song, the buzzing of the cicadas in the trees later this season, and the taste of ripe tomatoes, sweet corn and cold watermelon.
I hear the nursery school folks coming in downstairs (yes, I can hear the door slam from here). Today is "water" day when the kids play outside in kiddie pools and water tables. Maybe pastor will go out and wade in with them. You never know around here.
May your summer be blessed.