Barbecues with friends. Reconnecting with family. Getting away on vacation. Enjoying the great outdoors. House projects. Rest and relaxation.
School’s out and summer is here! There are so many good plans to make and so much to look forward to. Summertime promises new discoveries, reconnecting with people we care about, making awesome memories, slowing down, and just enjoying life. It can be easy to put our faith on the backburner and miss how God is at work in the midst of it all. God is always with us, no matter where we are and what we’re doing.
God gives us joy as we do things we love. He replenishes as we slow down and refuel. God awes us before the beauty of a breathtaking sunset. God brings us fulfilment as we reunite with people we love. At the same time, God helps us manage amidst those family gatherings that we may find dreadful. God always stirs us towards interior peace, reconciliation, and new beginnings.
The question is: What are God’s plans for this summer? How is God going to be with you, in all that lies in store for you in these months to come?
How does God want you to grow and flourish this summer? Maybe there is something that God calls you to do for others. Maybe there is a skill or talent that He wants to nurture in you. Maybe He wants you to realize He is with you in the people you’ll see and in the experiences you’ll have. Maybe He has dreams for taking the next step in your relationship with Him.
What ways of praying can you find to keep you connected to God this summer? Perhaps it’s going on retreat. Maybe it’s going on walks with God in nature. Maybe it’s reading a spiritual book or listening more often to music that nourishes your soul. Perhaps it’s scheduling time for Mass on Sundays, even when you’re away on vacation, or spending quiet moments in a chapel, shrine, or church, as a reminder that God is always with you.
Gardens and fields teem with life in the summertime, and so can you. God comes to meet us in the midst of whatever we’re doing. He is there, bringing us to flourish. Ask God what His plans are for you this summer. Ask Him to show you His love and closeness in new ways. Let Him bring your summer to full flower this year.
Lord, lead us through these beautiful days of summer. Warm us with the bright rays of Your love. And deepen our sense of Your closeness to us always. Amen.
Julian would be happy to hear from you, with any questions, insights, or suggestions you may have regarding this blog series. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.