We are taking a break from this weekly blog for about 6 weeks. Why are we taking this break? Because the person who makes this all happen every week is my colleague Kyle Fox. He posts the blogs and manages the website and does all sorts of behind-the-scenes things that help Broad Streeters stay connected to the church and to one another. He is stepping away from his work for a short period of time for the best possible reason: He and his partner Brooke are expecting a baby!
Kyle’s family leave lines up nicely with the season of summer, this yearly invitation to slow down and savor God’s best gifts to us. Think long days, warm nights, fireflies, shooting stars, iced tea, watermelon, and sweet corn. For me, one of the best thing about summer is wearing Chaco’s. They are comfortable and cool and here is a photo of the new ones I just got!
We will see you again in this space sometime in early July. In the meantime, I invite you to savor the gifts of summer and the One who gives us those gifts.
What is one of your favorite things about summer?
-Written by Rev. Amy Miracle
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Working outside in my flower bed.
Congratulations to Kyle!! I look forward to his post in 6 weeks!! Enjoy new baby and family life!!
I live in a north-facing condo. No direct sunlight most of the year In summer as the sun sets, it is in position to shine into my west-facing bedroom window, where I’ve hung a stained glass window. As the sun sets, the colors of the glass move around my bedroom, on the walls, on the pillows, over the artwork. It is just magical! When I step into the room I can feel God’s presence.
Summer is a great time to celebrate Sabbath, not just on Sunday, but lots of mini- Sabbaths during the week- taking walks, spending time with friends and family (sometimes sharing a meal), working in the garden, and generally enjoying creation. Such times can be alone or in community. Summer can be slow down time- a very counter cultural action in a culture that values busyness 24/7.
I am a sun worshiper. Being in the sunlight does wonders for my mental health. Also, I love to swim in that sunlight.☀️