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Summertime & The Livin' Follows Our Winters

This is probably the easiest devotion I’ll write.

After a decade-long absence from the east coast, my daughter Angelique, son-in-law Will and grandson Titus moved back to the great northeast. My wife happened upon this scripture on that same day:

‘But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus…we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was…’ (2 Corinthians 7:6,13 NIV)

It’s summer and it now indeed a kinder, gentler season for me as metaphorically speaking we had been through the longest 'winter.’

There’s time in the pool, relaxing and eating on the back porch and “the living is easy” to borrow from Porgy and Bess.

Summer seems to seduce time into a crawl. While the long days are partly to credit for this, it would seem that these months of coatless walks and less burdensome challenges reduce us to relief and relaxation.

We know it won’t last forever - but perhaps it is why we stay up a little later. Why not eke out a little more life in these lazy-hazy days?

I sit on this back porch and write effortlessly along with a soft breeze that stirs my hair; but just a touch.

PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Winters seem to last forever. Most wish summers wouldn’t go so fast. When God blows the mild summer wind and we are given to leisure and tranquility, it is best to simply soak in every ray of his sunshine…and leave it at that.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 NIV

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