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Summer 2019 Pastor’s Message

A Different Kind of Summer

I've never had a summer like the one I'm about to experience. I grew up, like so many kids in North America, loving summer: the warmth of the sun, the extended light of the days (even though the days actually begin to shorten following the Summer Solstice on June 21), the break from school--and to some degree church, with the exception of Vacation Bible School-- swimming, softball, camping, riding my bike, a week on my aunt and uncle's farm. Ahhhh, summer.

Summer for me, this year, begins with one night of lodging in the hospital following my first hip replacement surgery, and will be followed by a number of weeks of rehabbing with my new hip. PT, compression socks (they look especially lovely with shorts, or so I'm told!), crutches or walker (for a short while), less swimming (keep that incision clean), a slower pace. A different kind of summer, for sure.

So now I wonder how I will choose to practice Christian mindfulness, "the practice of paying prayerful attention in the present moment to God's abundant life," as defined by Amy G. Oden, in her book, Right Here, Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness, as I experience this surgery and work my rehab. What will God's abundant life feel like and look like… on crutches? In my favorite 90 degree angle chair with arms? In my fashionable compression socks? Moving considerably slower than I prefer to move? Gradually reclaiming the mobility I've been desperately missing and craving this past year? I wonder…

And I wonder what your summer will bring that is new or different. And I wonder how you will choose to practice Christian mindfulness, "the practice of paying prayerful attention in the present moment to God's abundant life," as the days and events, the ups and the downs, the travels and staycations, the sunshine and the rain, shape your summer.

Our faith encourages us and challenges us to pay prayerful attention in the present moment--even here and even now--to God's abundant life. Happy practicing!

Thanks be to God for abundant life everywhere!
Happy summer!

Peace,
Pastor Shelly

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