by: Gillian Ford
Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris
I have had a few conversations recently where people have lamented how busy summer is, and how hard it is to believe that it’s already mid-July. I am glad to hear that it’s not just me who feels this way! It’s gotten me thinking about expectations. Many of us expect summer to be slower, and packed with fun and relaxation. So when our schedules become hectic because we’re preparing for the fun, then having the fun, then recovering from the fun, we realize there’s nothing slow about summer. And here in Colorado at least, summer is short, so we’re trying to cram everything into three months (or if you have school-age kids, two months). In some ways, summer has become the new “December”.
But I think the motivation for much of this…what each of us is craving during this time…is connection: to friends and family, to the great outdoors, to the need we each have to be playful and creative, and to rest and the simple pleasures in life. Perhaps the answer to summer is not found in slowing down per se, but in connecting with what brings us life. There is abundant life in summer, and it’s a reminder that this is what God is offering us. We can connect to God’s abundance in much of what the season has to offer, and fortunately this abundance isn’t only available for three months!
I hope you will keep connecting with Trinity during the summer in meaningful ways too. There are plenty of opportunities to serve, learn, and worship. If you haven’t already, come check out the 8:15 worship service; I have found the simpler music and worship style that we are offering this summer is good for my soul as it nudges me to slow down and breathe. But wherever you are, breathe and soak in the abundance of God!