Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high.”

This is what I think of when I dream of summer and anticipate its approach. In reality, I think I am busier than ever as I try to soak up all the earth’s goodness with friends and family. In Minnesota we have 3 months to do it, so we better get out there, right? Rarely, I do have  moments where this song fits. Where Ella Fitzgerald is singing in my ear and I am lounging in  the warm weather enjoying all that is around me.

I don’t know about you, but life sometimes gets busy with the “must do’s” and the “have to’s.” It is hard to just be. Some of these things are wonderful: graduations, weddings, family  reunions, and other such things. Yet, I find myself longing for the time when we don’t have to  be anywhere. When we can just be.  

I don’t know if you are like me at all, but I encourage us all to take time this summer to enjoy being. Sitting still in God’s marvelous creation. No agenda, no ring leader, nothing holding you back from enjoying what is right in front of you. In our Lenten series this year we explored  aspects of Barbara Brown Taylor’s Book “An Altar in The World.” Barbara explores the many ways we can worship God right where we are. To bow down, humbled to know that our God loves  even us amidst all that is. Explore this altar in our world. Stop and be.

Here are some helps to do so:

  • Open your eyes and pay attention to what is around you. Not just the things you see everyday, but the other things too.

  • Get lost. Take a different route home. Do something out of the ordinary. And then notice, notice the difference.

  • Look, really look and enjoy the others around you. Who are they? What don’t you know about them.

  • Be still, be silent and listen.

All in all, I hope you have a blessed summer where you can worship God’s creation around us. I hope that you may also find peace amidst the chaos.

Vicar Nicole