For many of us summer represents a time when our “normal” routines change. The days are longer and warmer. Lots of folks take a vacation. Sleepover camps are available for the kids. We may have more chances to connect with friends and family. The season ahead is one full of opportunities for precious moments.
I want to encourage us all to take advantage of this season of opportunity. As we emerge from the worst of the pandemic restrictions, we will have chances to gather again. My hope is that we will gather for more than a moment. My hope is that we will linger in loveliness. My hope is that we will commune in conversation. My hope is that we will settle in the sacred.
Take the extra time given in this season to put down the phone and hold the hand of a friend. Have a second cup of coffee, tea, water, or the fruit of vine together and share deeply. Watch the whole sunrise or sunset, or both. Read more than a quick devotional and pray so long you run out of words.
In our world filled with brief encounters, memes, selfies, 280 characters (Twitter), short answers and attention spans, we can be counter cultural by sharing more than a moment. We can be disciples in our paying attention to each other and the beauty of this world. We can encounter the holy once again in stillness and communion.
When you can, seek God in the days ahead. It will be good to gather again, for more than a moment.