Wow, has it been hot! In July, while walking around outside Baltimore’s arena for the General Synod, the sweat seemed to pour off of the back of my neck in the 90 plus degree heat. While camping in New York’s Letchworth State Park we sat under the trees and drank water like it was our last meal. We often went for car rides to the small local town just to get into the air-conditioning of the car. I would turn up the air full blast, until we even considered a sweater for cover from frostbite! When it rained we took the puddles and wet chair seats in stride, and watched the water pour off of the outside canopy over the camp table and fire ring. With the heaviness of the air, breathing was sometimes difficult, and the asthma inhaler came out more than a few times as did the allergy meditation. July has been hot!
I read on a face book page, if you are feeling the heat of the summer just think, 147 days until winter! December 21st, when with all luck, snow will be on the tree tops, boots and coats will be a big part of our attire, and we will not have strained our backs from the snow shoveling.
When I see calendars with the classic four seasons brightly displayed, I can’t help but hear in my head, the scripture from Ecclesiastes 3, and to sing the song written by Pete Seeger, “To everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season,” which I remember Judy Collins singing in her beautiful folk style.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens . . . enjoying the moments and living the deepest part of the cold and the heat, the butterflies and the ants, the sadness and the joy, the losses and the births, the tears and the laughter, the snow boots, and the sweat . . . means we are living in the fullness of this adventure we call life. My mother always told me, and I have told my children, “Don’t wish your life away, saying IF only I was older, or lived somewhere else, had more or less people in my family, if only my teeth were straighter, or my body better looking.” Put on the tap shoes even if you believe you can’t dance, and wear a bathing suit even if you are overweight, apply for the job even if you feel a bit insecure, and go on an adventure even if your adventure is around the corner and not across the globe.
To everything there is a time, maybe not the time we would wish for, but this is the time God has given. So enjoy the ride, we only go around once and we will never pass this way again, come rain or sunshine!!!
In the moment journey,
From Ecclesiastes 3
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.