I do not know about you but I always feel a wave of remorse as I turn the calendar from July to August. It seems like summer passes just too quickly. In my house, we have even resorted to muting the TV commercials for “back to school” sales.
Nonetheless, I have begun speaking the “have you thought about your summer homework” reminders knowing that September will be upon us before we know it. And so it is with eyes on September 12th, our Gathering Sunday, that I ask you “have you thought about your summer homework?”
If you remember, when we were last all together in worship on June 20th, I spoke to you of Brother Lawrence and how he spent his life practicing the presence of God. I spoke to you of how Brother Lawrence trained himself to step into God’s presence in every moment of every day. Whether it be washing pots or cutting carrots, Brother Lawrence would strike up a conversation with God and ask God to makes God’s presence known to him. Brother Lawrence believed that unlike the lily of the field or the sparrow who instinctively dwell fully in the now of God’s presence, we have to practice how to do so. We need to remember and relearn what it is to unwrap ourselves from the shroud of self absorption and to emerge once again to the presence of God with us.
On September 12, we will lift up some of these experiences in our time of prayer. We also will publish all of them in a devotional booklet to nourish us in Advent as we prepare for Jesus’ birth.
May the days of summer spent and those still to come fill us with the desire to know God more deeply and the courage to practice bringing ourselves into God’s presence in all that we do. Amen.