July 11

Reflection

Summer provides the contemplative eye with its own insights. It provides revelation in all colors. Summer has its own special sounds, Its fresh aromas, its own special tastes. In nature there is abundance, a variety and lush productivity. Summer is a season that believes in the miracle of growth and knows that abundant life is possible.  It is a season to reflect on the magnificent earth that has given us birth within the loving providence of God’s mysterious creativity.

Prayer

Let summer sing God’s praise.

Action

Reflect on the sources of summer’s sounds and colors. Marvel in oceans and storms. See creation as a reflection of the Creator. What can a God be like who is the source of this creation?

Suggested Reading

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; what are we, that you are mindful of us?
Psalm 8:3-4

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all: the earth is full of your riches.
Psalm 104:5-24

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Genesis 8:22

If God had wanted to be a big secret, He would not have created babbling brooks and whispering pines.
Robert Brault

In summer, the song sings itself.
William Carlos Williams

I am in love with the green earth.
Charles Lamb

Nature is the art of God.
Ralph Waldo Emerson  \

Even if you have nothing in your wallet, nothing can keep you from having a great summer. You can listen to crickets sing you to sleep, trace the Big Dipper, breathe in the stars, run through a sprinkler, host a cartwheel contest in the front yard.
Regina Brett

 

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