Truth be told, while I desperately enjoy the summer months and time at the trailer with family and friends, we are moving toward my favourite season of the year, the fullness of summer and autumn.
With rich sunsets, the fullness of blooms in the flowerpots, these days are abundant with beauty – but there is also danger.
On Saturday I was removing stone veneer from the front of our home, taking steps toward repairing a perennially recurring problem of stone falling off. I was prying one stone off when the whole corner, about 200 pounds of concrete and stone fell on me. I was lucky to escape with a few scrapes and a bruised ego. Kate doctored me up and I was able to officiate at Corey and Shane’s wedding that evening – an affair filled with much love and beauty.
Earlier in the week I’d head of a colleague of Jennifer’s who’d fallen off a ladder and was severely injured and on Sunday while doing a graveside service I learned of a member of that family who’d also fallen of a ladder and broke their shoulder. Beauty and danger.
Truth is, we can take all the precautions in the world, and still accidents happen – it is the tension of daily living: beauty and danger.
As you move into the fullness of summer, treasure the blooms and those last summer gatherings with family and friends. Pause and drink in the beauty of the sun rises and sun sets… be safe, and live fully in the tension.
Today I am in the office responding to emails, writing this little note and doing some reading for the coming Sunday. This evening I’ll be giving the gift of life as I donate blood for the 15th time.
Tomorrow morning I will host the Preacher’s Help Group at 10:30AM via Zoom after which I’ll be doing at least three pastoral visits. Let me know if you’d like me to drop by.
Wednesday will be spent on worship matters. In the morning I’ll be working on the liturgy for Sunday, which will include a dedication of the Welcome Centre in memory of Norma Sears and in the afternoon I will meet with the Worship and Sanctuary Committee.
On Thursday I will work from home and spend the bulk of the time crafting a reflection for Sunday based on the lectionary text, James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17, which is summed up in the final verse “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”
Friday and Saturday will be days off and spent getting children and spouses ready for school and on Sunday after Church if the weather is fit I hope to get another day in down at the shore.