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Your Own Celebrations of Summer
village one year’s journey from here.
And in that village lives a woman with four children. Like any family, all four children are
kindred and similar -- yet very, very unique.
One is a feisty child, with brilliant golden hair, and a natural glow
warmer than any other. This child’s name
In an entire
year, perhaps the 91 days (and nights) of Summer seem to fly by the
quickest… When you think of summer, what
comes to mind?
Summer is the
peak, the pinnacle, the realization of what took root during the Spring. One lesson the seasons teach is that many
things in nature grow, mature, and then fade.
Imagine yourself old and gray and wise.
Look back upon your own life as if it were a single turn of the
year. What part of your life was your
high point, your “Summer,” your peak?
Where did you shine your brightest, glow your hottest?
We too change
like the seasons. When Mother Nature
puts on Her Summer wardrobe, so do we.
Except these wardrobes seem quite opposite. In Summer, the forest grows more thickly
covered, while we become less covered.
Summer is a season of short sleeves, short pants, short skirts and bare
toes. While the trees might wear their
thick green coats, we often frolic clad with nothing but the sky! More of our natural selves comes out in the
Summer – arms, legs, skin – what we are beneath all those layers of cold Winter
clothes can shine forth in the Summer.
Maybe we resemble our animal cousins, who also shed much of their fur
and feathers in Summer.
warmth lets us enjoy a great many simple pleasures. After a cold Winter, the freedom of just
being outdoors is a true gift! The
increased energy of Summer brings increased activity of all kinds: festivals, vacations, travel. What special Summer gatherings do you look
forward to? All the adventure,
experiences, learning, worship, fun, freedom, passion, celebration and joy that
these festivals offer are the unique gifts of Summer!
say Summer begins near June 21 with the Solstice. To others, it begins on the last day of
school, or with the Memorial Day barbecue.
Whenever you begin Summer, mark that day as a special spoke in your own
private Wheel of the Year. See it as a
unique rite of passage. Every year,
Summer throws a party – and you’re invited!
Of all the
four seasonal quarters, Summer burns the brightest. Remember that some things that burn brightly
often burn out quickly. For some, Summer
is a time of fleeting temporary moments – a Summer Job, a Summer Fling, a
Summer Vacation. What new experiences
might you want to try this Summer, even if only for a little while?
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