“Young Summer Days”…

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. Gertrude Jekyll

Meditation: The early summer days in the Southeast are lush, green, not yet as humid and hot as later summer months will be. Nature is soaking up the frequent rain showers, and intense and bright colors everywhere call for our attention. The nights are cool, yet warm enough to sit outside or walk until late in the night. I wish I could stay up until early in the morning. The night air is refreshing, soothing.  During the day the sun does not yet quite reach the intensity that it soon will have. It warms body and soul. These are special days, the young summer days.

Prayer: God of all seasons, our bodies and souls soak up the warmth of these early summer days. We thank You for this time of the year. We enjoy the lushness of nature. Thank You that things at work are slowing down some. Thank You for less traffic during the day and for a good book and children’s laughter as the sun sets. Thank you for families getting ready to take time off to travel. We enjoy and embrace these young summer days as a gift of Your abundant Grace. Amen

Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. Song of Songs 2:12