As sum­mers go, this one is go­ing

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Dur­ing my high school ca­reer I was no thes­pian, how­ever, I could act the fool when called upon. My friend was the thes­pian and starred in our se­nior high school play, “Finian’s Rain­bow.” One of the mu­si­cal num­bers was, “When I’m not near the girl I love, I love the girl I’m near.” I have al­tered this ti­tle a lit­tle to fit my own needs. My ver­sion goes, “When I’m not in the sea­son I love, I love the sea­son I’m in.” It is a won­der­ful motto and has solved quite a few prob­lems down the years. Just don’t ask me to sing it for you. I can, but you do not want to hear it ... be­lieve me.

At my age I have learned a thing or two. One of the things I have learned is that you might as well be con­tent where you are at be­cause that is where you are. All th­ese peo­ple that are jumpy and ner­vous be­cause they are not ex­actly where they want to be, waste a lot of pre­cious time and en­ergy.

I am old enough to ap­pre­ci­ate where I am at. I could be­moan the fact that I’m not some­where else, but what good would that do. I know I’m not at my des­ti­na­tion yet, so I am de­ter­mined to en­joy the jour­ney and not miss one thing along the way.

This is the dif­fer­ence be­tween the Gracious Mis­tress of the Par­son­age and Yours Truly.

Just the other day her Majesty was com­plain­ing about the weather. “It’s so hot out­side, I can hardly stand it.”

Of course, I could not re­sist say­ing, “Well, why don’t you sit down.” To which, she treated me to one of her in­fa­mous glares. Some­how, in the hot sun­shine her glare did not have its nor­mal ef­fect. For one, she was too hot and did not have the en­ergy to fol­low through on her glare.

But I love the sum­mer. It is a won­der­ful time of the year and my af­fec­tion for the sea­son goes all the way back to my days in school.

I en­joy ev­ery as­pect of sum­mer and when God cre­ated sum­mer, he cre­ated a mas­ter­piece. Not a sum­mer day goes by that I do not thank Him for the sum­mer.

I need to get one thing quite clear. I am not one of those who lay out in the sun to get a sun­tan. That is not my cup of tea ... or rather glass of lemon­ade. I do not fault those who lay out in the sun to get what they call a sun­tan. Rather, I feel sorry for those old saps. Why ruin a good day by lay­ing in the sun?

I had one bad sun­burn in my life. It hap­pened on our hon­ey­moon. My wife and I were mar­ried in Au­gust in the year of our Lord 1971. Upon com­mon con­sent, we chose for our hon­ey­moon lo­ca­tion Ni­a­gara Falls.

The mo­tel we stayed in had a mar­velous swim­ming pool. At the time, my com­pan­ion in nup­tials and I thought we were liv­ing the life of lux­ury. This was the first time we had been on our own and we were go­ing to en­joy it to the hilt. Too bad we could not af­ford a Hil­ton.

Late that morn­ing we walked sev­eral blocks down the street and treated our­selves to our first lunch as a “till-death-doyou-part” two­some. I am not sure what we ate, all I re­mem­ber is the com­pany was ter­rific. Af­ter lunch, we de­cided to spend some time at the pool­side.

Be­ing un­ac­cus­tomed to the life of lux­ury I did not know what the rules were. So, in my sheer ig­no­rance I de­cided to sit by the pool and lux­u­ri­ate in the beau­ti­ful Au­gust sun. Ob­vi­ously, I was more tired than I re­al­ized and fell into a won­der­fully deep sleep.

Fi­nally, I be­gan to hear a voice I rec­og­nized and soon be­gan to un­der­stand some of the words. “Do you know it’s al­most time for sup­per?”

I opened my eyes and tried to smile. My face would not smile. In fact, my face felt rather hot. Then the rest of my body joined in the fiery cho­rus in­form­ing me that ev­ery bit of my body was ablaze. I had a sun­burn to beat all sun­burns. I could not move. I could not get up from the lounge chair.

A short jour­ney into panic-land brought me into full con­scious­ness. With great care and with the help of my new wife I was able to get into our room. I laid down in the bed with ev­ery cor­pus­cle in my body scream­ing in protest. The more I lay there the hot­ter I be­came. I heard of hot bride­grooms on their wed­ding night but this was not how I pic­tured it.

For­tu­nately, we had planned to stay in the mo­tel for a week and for a week ex­actly, I lay in my bed un­able to move with­out ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain.

Ever since that time, I have had a great deal of re­spect for the sum­mer sun. Even though I had that one bad ex­pe­ri­ence, I have never blamed it on the sum­mer sea­son. Rather, I have rev­eled in what the Bi­ble teaches. “And we know that all things work to­gether for good to them that love God, to them who are the called ac­cord­ing to his pur­pose” (Ro­mans 8:28).

It is in the “all things” that I dis­cover God’s love for me.

Dr. James L. Sny­der is pas­tor of the Fam­ily of God Fel­low­ship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife in Sil­ver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or email jamess­ny­der2@att. net. The church web site is www.whatafel­low­

CHURCH HILL — Faith Unity Fel­low­ship Min­istries Inc. hosts its an­nual tent re­vival and con­cert Aug. 1012, ti­tled, “Trans­form­ing Power: To See ... To Hear ... To Do ...,” based on Ro­mans 12:1-2.

Tent re­vival ser­vices will be held at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 at Faith Unity Fel­low­ship, 208 New St., Church Hill, fea­tur­ing re­vival­ists Pas­tor Shan­non and Lady Nikki McNeil of Vic­to­ri­ous Life Church, Bear, Del., and wor­ship leader evan­ge­list Mary Ash­ley But­ler.

The tent re­vival con­cert will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 12 at Lib­erty Light­house Church, 116 Lib­erty Lane, Ch­ester­town. Doors open at 4. The con­cert fea­tures record­ing artist Don­ald Ash­ley and Mil­len­nium of Dover, Del., pre­sen­ta­tion group Fer­gu­son’s Fam­ily Min­istry of Wilm­ing­ton, Del., spo­ken word artist Charles “C.J.” Robin­son of Dover, and praise and wor­ship leader Sis­ter De­nae Greene of Price Apos­tolic Church in Price. Tick­ets are $15.

For tick­ets or in­for­ma­tion, call Mary Ash­ley But­ler at 302-249-5608 or Kaynette Handy at 302983-6894.

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