June – 2018
Summer is a time to step back and reflect, to take advantage of that invitation to go fishing, to spend time with family at reunions, to go and take a quiet walk in a quiet place. One of my personal goals is to take time daily to be still and know that God is God. I am very good at keeping busy and not being still. I love to play Sudoku on my phone, to read books for business and pleasure, to visit with others, but I’ve been noticing lately a lack of being quiet, of being still.
Since all the things that I really want to accomplish need to happen in the morning when I’m bright and alert, I’m planning my time of quiet for the mornings. I know where I’m going to sit and the breath prayers I’ll use to focus on God. I’ve done it already a few times this week, and have found that my focus is better and my spirit is lighter.
What do you need to bring more light into your living?
What do you need to do to bring more light into your community?
I was talking with someone the other day about our Reading Buddies, the program we’ve started with the Wyoming Elementary School, where 11 people from our church and community spend time every week listening to kindergarten through second graders learn to read. The person I was talking with was concerned about what would happen to her Reading Buddies over the summer and how they would continue to learn and grow over the summer. She felt helpless with the ending of school and no way to contact her young friends. I encouraged her to consider not only praying for the kids, but volunteering at the food shelf or the clothes closet, which would, if not help ‘her kids’ directly, would certainly help those in need.
I’m looking forward to the less scheduled pace of summer, the time to take quiet breaks and be still and know that God is God. But I’m also looking forward to summer opportunities to try out new ideas and get out into the community to connect with our neighbors.
What are your plans for the summer?
I hope your plans include time to be a good neighbor in the community as well as taking time to be still and know God’s love.