Summertime Reflections

The following appeared in my church newsletter.  Of course, I knew you would want to read it as well. So go ahead :

The spring rains have passed – boy, did they ever! The summer heat has arrived – on some days.

Growing up, I always thought that talking about the weather was just idle chit chat.  Having spent some time in a farming community, and now a ranching community, I have learned that the weather is a vital discussion.  It is similar to the conversations I heard growing up in Detroit about cars.  It is a discussion of business.  It is hope for the future.  And, for the Christian, it is trust in God’s providing hand.

In Genesis we hear that God gave the seasons not only to mark time, but for planting and harvesting.  He gave the seasons so that we would be able to support this body and life.  God, in his great mercy, gives rain and sun, warmth and cold, so that crops would grow, and we would be taken care of.

I recently saw a “letter to the editor” in which a person complained about hunting, suggesting that people should buy meat that is made in stores so no animals have to die.  Where do they think it comes from?

The same could be said of all our food.  Even for the farmer who plants, waters, weeds, and tends, it is God who gives the growth..  Without his providing hand, the seed will not germinate, the plant will not produce fruit, and life would cease to be.  It isn’t just that God gives us our life in this world through the miracle of conception.  He also gives us our life in this world every day.  Every time we open our eyes in the morning, it is because God has given us breath in our bodies for another day.  Every time we get out of bed and go about our business, it is because God has sustained us.

That is why the psalmist says, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

Of course, being Christians, we have another reason to rejoice – the forgiveness, life and salvation won for us by Jesus Christ.  Just as a farmer discusses the weather because it is what he does, or an auto worker discusses cars, so the Christian will talk about Christ.  It is who, and whose we are.

Saint Paul tells us to spend our time, not in crude talk, but rather let there be thanksgiving.

As we continue through the summer (and the rest of our lives), let us remember these words of Saint Paul :

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Have a great rest of the summer!

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