Summer Reflections

It is hard to believe that we are almost to the end of August. It seems like yesterday that I was packing up my bags and heading away for a month of vacation. It has been an odd summer for me. I began it by attending the funeral of a dear friend who died of cancer at the tender age of 51. It was the fourth funeral of a “young” person I had been involved with this year and quite frankly it had me feeling really drained by the time July rolled around.

So I headed out on vacation (in a camper to be specific) with just my husband and some books. The first book I opened was a book about a woman with cancer. I immediately ditched it and found some easy -to-read historical romance novels.  Many people would assume I would have my nose in some heavy theological texts but I leave that world when I start vacation.  I discovered the author Julia Quinn, and if you like historical romance, she’s the one to read!

Camping is a great way to meet new and very different people. Lots of campfires, red wine, and learning about the lives of others was a nice break from the everyday goings on of ministry. I admit though, that at the end of two weeks, I was ready for my own bed and some air conditioning.

It was nice to spend the remainder of my holidays with my kids, trekking to the cottage, visiting family and hanging out watching movies. Once the school year begins (and my last is about to start high school!) it will be time to fire up the “mom mobile” with after school activities, birthday parties and part time jobs.

The upside is the parish gets back to a rhythm that I enjoy. Our welcome luncheon in September kicks off our Sunday School year and the smiling faces of our kids return. This year we are hosting a variety of activities in celebration of the upcoming 150th Anniversary of Canada. Concerts, dinners and auctions are just a few of the activities.

We are also embarking on some spiritual disciplines that we haven’t done before. Christian mediation and a new Scripture study are key anchors of our life together in the community.

And as always, summer has been a wonderful time to reflect on the grace of God. My prayer life was renewed through the many walks I took this summer, basking in the blessings of this world.

 

Happy late summer, hope to see you soon!

 

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