Here we are in the season after Pentecost, a long, green season that needs some holidays. Perhaps the summer solstice would fit that bill.
I am partially kidding, of course. For one thing, many of us won't notice much change, once the summer solstice has come and gone. Many of us live in places where we've been slogging through hot weather for over a month. Many of us won't notice that the longest day of light has come and gone. It sneaks up on us, this gift of light that's been added in small increments to our days since the winter solstice.
And yes, I understand the pagan roots of this day. If we refused to celebrate every holiday with pagan roots, we'd have very little left to celebrate.
Let us think of some ways to celebrate the summer solstice--and to strengthen our faith:
--We have longer days now than we'll have at any other point in the year. Let's use this increased light. Let's get out and exercise. Let's notice the glories of God's creation.
--Let's enjoy the fruits of the season. Sure, we can eat melon year round now, but it's more refreshing during the hot months--and a good way to stay hydrated.
--When the heat is just too much, let's escape in an old-fashioned way: by seeing a movie. Whether in the movie theatre or in the comfort of our own homes, seeing a movie is a great way to beat the heat. If we feel our brains turning to mush, let's look to the movies to see if we see any overarching themes or characters that remind us of our own spiritual stories or the larger spiritual stories of our faith. Even escapist fluff might remind us of the overarching importance of love in our lives or that the battle between good and evil will not be escaped.
--The shifting of the seasons is a good time to do some sorting. As we pull out our summer clothes, let's get rid of the ones we never wore last year. As we think about our summer activities, let's get rid of the sports equipment we will never use. Let's sort through our picnic supplies. Have we been hoarding craft supplies that need to go to a better purpose?
--These days of longer light might make us feel like we have more time--and many of our workplaces expect a bit less in the summer. Maybe this summer we could donate a bit of time. Often our churches could use some assistance, as people take long summer vacations.
--Let's think about the qualities of light and think about all the Bible passages that mention light. If we are the light of the world, are we June light or February light?
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