Thought for the Week
This summer, in the midst of all your family holidays, days away to the countryside or the daily general busyness of the day, don’t forget to enjoy those special moments of summer joy.
A beautiful sunrise, the sweet smell of summer flowers, the aroma of a barbecue, the heat of the summer sun.
Take the opportunity to bask in the goodness of God’s creation: to slow down, breathe deep, and to just enjoy life, even if just for a moment...
Those lazy, hazy days of childhood summers for us may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean that in the midst of our lives today we cannot capture moments when time stands still, moments that become memories and give us the ability to face the difficulties and struggles of our lives with vision and hope.
What better memory for a mother and father than watching their children standing on the beach with a bucket and spade making their first sandcastle and watching it being washed away by the tide, only for them to start all over again.
As the endings and beginnings of the tides of life swirl around us, we too can find the strength and resilience to stand there in the midst of it all, ready to begin again.
Or the experience of jumping into a pool of water on a really hot summer’s day, bracing yourself for the shock of it all, but knowing that you will be the better for it.
Doesn’t that experience capture some of the most challenging moments of our own lives, when we have to stop just dipping a toe in the water, and instead jump in head first.
Summertime has a lot of poetry in its extended days. Just take a moment, breathe deep, and don’t miss them. Now pray... Deacon Bill McMillan St Columbkille’s Church