Looking ahead to Summer?

I know today is the first day of fall, and so summer is behind us, but this week in our Creation Time rotation through the seasons, we will be looking at summer.

A few thoughts come to my mind- when we talked about winter, we were reminded of how God is with us, even in the darkest and coldest parts of our lives. So how is God with us in the warmest and sunniest times of our lives? Is it harder to remember that God is with us when things are going well? Do we sometimes forget about God when we don’t have a crisis or need for strength and healing?

How we live our lives when times are good is as important as how we live when times are not-so-good, perhaps even more so. Just like when our country is having summer, places in the Southern Hemisphere are having winter. When we’re experiencing the “summery” times in our lives, how can we support those who are struggling?

Creation Time- Spring!

Those of us who were away over the summer are back, school, activities and routines are starting up again, and the leaves are starting to turn- it’s fall (well, at least it will be in 2 days!)

This season always seems like a good time to me to look at the gifts of Creation- Thanksgiving is coming up, and the harvest is happening, and the world is a particularly beautiful place. So that’s why we often use the time between Labour Day and Thanksgiving as Creation Time- to celebrate this gift we have been given by God.

This year, we’re looking at the different seasons and the gifts of each one, and tying them to different parts of our Christian experience. Last week, we talked about winter- not my favourite, but lots of people love winter, and we must admit, those piles of snowflakes can be a gift as well- and we also talked about repentance, the need to recognize when we’ve done wrong, and commit to doing better, with the assurance that God is with us in our dark and cold moments, just as God is with us in happy times and when we do good.

Spring Church Tree

This past Sunday we moved on to spring- see the lovely tree the children helped decorate to celebrate spring blossoms, and warmth, and all the signs of new life that spring brings us. And we talked about healing- how just like the spring heals the world from the cold of winter, God offers healing to our world as well- a world where many of us are doing well, but there are many who are being exploited and kept in poverty, marginalized and oppressed, hurt and ignored. In our own country, we are still in the process of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Our whole country needs healing to overcome the hurt of the past 5 centuries.

God promises healing and reconciliation will come to the whole world- just as sure as the spring will come after winter. But we also can be a part of fulfilling God’s promise- we can help to make, as it says in the Lord’s prayer: “Thy kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven”.

It is my prayer for each of us that we can accept God’s healing love for ourselves, and for our whole world. Amen.