Ahh, summer time; sunshine, relaxation, freedom from normal routine, when God takes off for the cottage and we don’t see Him till Thanksgiving.
Huh? How absurd! Thankfully, God is God, does not take the summer off and promises to never leave us. Praise God! The old hymn resonates with me, “I need thee, oh, I need thee, every hour I need thee.”
Summer is so short, we do need to get out and enjoy it. Some families are not in town to attend worship, but the church is open for worship all summer. King David and other poets managed to make God the gravitational centre of their lives wherever they lived, so that everything related to God. To them worship was the central activity of their life, not something to get over in order to resume other activity.
We all need time to recharge and reflect. God’s grandeur is experienced in the beauty of nature and in worship, our hearts surge with joy and wonder. “O God, our God, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Ps 8.1) There are many interesting and godly places of worship inside and outside buildings, across the province and around the world. Visiting other churches can expand our understanding of who God is and how we worship. A recent tour of several churches by a group of people from St. John’s was helpful in this way.
I am learning the daily process of re-orientation and the Psalms in the Old Testament section of the Bible recognize God’s true place as the gravitational centre. The Son of God on earth did likewise, relying on the Psalms more than any other book, as the highway or cottage lane toward a deepening relationship with God.
I love Psalm 121, my travel psalm.
I lift my eyes up to the hills. Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and forevermore.
May the Lord keep us this summer. Yours faithfully, Christopher+