This is the Day the Lord has Made

Today is the beginning of the Labor Day weekend, the traditional end of summer or beginning of the fall season, depending on how you look at it. Have you been able to take a vacation this summer? My next door neighbor has not been away from home on a trip for 5 years. And I think I need a vacation! And I do. I can tell my energy is down and I am having a hard time focusing on the major tasks that are before me. Like everyone, I need some time away to refresh and recharge, to experience some new things and a new environment, to help to “Wake up my soul”. I am thinking about this a lot because Jan and I will be going on a long-awaited trip next week to New England – a place we love that I have not visited for many years. I don’t know what all lies in store for us, but I am excited to find out!

I am grateful for the opportunity to travel, something that is not a possibility for everyone – like my neighbor. Whether your preference is sitting on a beach, listening to the power of the ocean waves, skiing or boarding down a slope of unbroken fresh powder on one of those perfect blue sky days, or soaking in the beauty of the aspen groves at the Maroon Bells in September, these kinds of experiences fill us with new appreciation for the life that God has given us. Make no mistake about it, we are richly blessed.

However, as I have reflected on the upcoming vacation days along the New England coast, I realize that I do not need to rely only on those special occasions to “Wake up my soul” or to “Sing a new song”. Terry Hershey consistently reminds us to live in the now, to see and enjoy what is around us here. Sitting on our deck, feeling a cool breeze and the warm sun on my skin is another reminder that God gives us good and beautiful gifts every day, wherever we are. As Rev. Kelly regularly reminds us when he comes to preach, “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” We don’t need to wait for the special trips, as wonderful and refreshing as they are, to participate in the abundant life that God has made for us. But I am still going to go on the trip!

Thank you Lord for times of rest and refreshment, whether that is a morning cup of coffee on the deck appreciating the freshness of a new day, a walk around a park at sunset, or a full week in a favorite place. Fill us with alertness to see and receive your gifts, and fill us with gratitude so that we can better share those gifts with those around us.

Amen.


David Erickson-Pearson


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