The Last Day of Summer

I am at a loss. Why? The end of summer is upon us! The month has dwindled down to a drop–

a day.

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Today, Wednesday, September 21, is THE LAST FULL DAY of summer.

More precisely,

(with a little help from “ye” Old Farmer’s Almanac)
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tomorrow–Thursday, at 10:20 AM–is the last moment of this summer.

Gone are the days of. . .

ice cream Image result for ice cream cone

Image result for lazy summer morning lazy mornings

being poolside, dockside, or beachside Image result for public domain lake with dock and chair

Image result for chasing fireflies public domain  chasing lightning bugs

overflowing gardens  Image result for bountiful flower bed public domain

Image result for jumping through sprinklers public domain  jumping through sprinklers

barefoot walks in soft green grass  Image result for public domain feet walking in grass

Image result for watermelon slice public domain  watermelon

fresh tomatoes   Image result for beefsteak tomatoes public domain

But weren’t they wonderful? (And who says ice cream is only for the summer? I have a dear aunt who would strongly concur!)

I hope you were able to enjoy some special times this past summer, dear friend. Did your garden bloom beautifully? Did your friends rejoice with you? Did you share sparkling morning sunlight and evening starlight with someone special? Did you walk increasingly more closely with Jesus?

Among His many characteristics, God is a god of relationship. Look at the friendships of David and Jonathan, of Paul and Barnabas and Timothy. Look at the marriages of Adam and Eve, of Abraham and Sarah, and of Joseph and Mary. Look at the kinship of Jesus and His cousin, John. Look at the bonds between Jesus and the apostles–and Jesus and you.

Relationships span time and seasons. They are important, in every season. So, let’s be thankful for the summer days we enjoyed and praise God for those moments and memories.

But what about difficult days? Have the hottest summer days been accompanied by trying and soul-strengthening trials? Have you been through a personal summer thunderstorm?

If in this past summer you experienced some bitter or difficult times, remember God does not leave us without comfort. We have His Word. We have His ear. We have His Spirit. We have those relationships. Like that gangly last tomato plant, continue to lean on the firm support that only Jesus Christ is. He came and died and rose making that relationship possible–all for you!

Remember

  • how very much He loves you,
  • that He is in control, (and that He is in control), and
  • to humble yourself and concede, “Thy will be done.”

With that attitude, we can be thankful for the summer days and for the fall days just around the corner. We can look forward with great expectation to see the unfolding of His good and perfect plan for our lives. We can be encouraged to walk even more closely with Jesus as we enjoy. . .

Image result for fall leaves public domain Colorful leaves (and leaf piles to jump in!)

Uniquely shaped gourds and pumpkins Image result for pumpkins gourds public domain

Image result for public domain thanksgiving dinner Thanksgiving dinner

Hot mulled cider Image result for public domain mulled cider

Image result for public domain pumpkin pie Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin butter, (pumpkin ice cream?)

Crisp air  Image result for public domain fall in the blue ridge

And when we don’t know what will happen or when we pray and pray and PRAY for something or someone–let’s commit to wait with expectant eyes to see the realization of the wonder that is God’s will.

Let’s be awed and amazed with. . .Image result for public domain fall heart leaf

each uniquely colored fall leaf,

Image result for public domain breath of mountain hiker  each breath of crisp air

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each day He gives us.

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

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Happy Sunday!

 

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Happy Sunday, dear friends! Whatever day you may have, know “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24).

Have you been able to worship with fellow believers? I hope and pray so! That is the best of times and a glimpse of heaven.

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This is the Day!

This is the Day. More specifically, “This is the Day that the Lord has made.” I woke up this morning with that song in my head. “This is the Day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” The words of Psalm 118:24. It filled my head in the shower and, once out, I hummed along with blow dryer accompaniment. Later, I moved a load of towels into the dryer and they rolled and thumped along like a band.

Then I walked into the dining room.

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This is the day that the Lord has made??

I will rejoice and be glad in it??

Do you see this dining room table????

On one surface are items to be returned to a store, items that need a home, paint color swatches, paint color samples, a mirror, a book, a bowl, photographs–suffice it to say–A LOT. And that’s only the dining room table! Just multiply that by at least three surfaces in every room. PLEASE tell me you periodically have surfaces like this!

But this is the day that the Lord has made. I will remember that.

(To be honest, the paint color samples have substantially narrowed down.)

THIS IS the day that the Lord has made.

(I will praise Him and pray first; the world won’t end if the dining room table isn’t clear by sundown–and if it does, it won’t matter!)

This is the day that the Lord has made. I WILL rejoice.

(I will rejoice even amid mess and teetering objects, spilled juice, and transitory clutter. David wrote this psalm after being under intensely stressful circumstances, praying to God, and then receiving help from Him. “They surrounded me like bees,” he writes. “They went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me” ~ verses 12 and 13.)

Ever felt surrounded by bees? (Or a swarm of disorganized chaos?) Ever felt pushed hard? (Or pulled in eight different directions?) Ever felt like you were falling? (Or overwhelmed and uncertain?) But when we pray, the Lord does help us, doesn’t He?

This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and BE GLAD in it!

(“I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes” ~ verses 21-23. 

Let’s zoom into the New Testament and read more about this image of a rejected cornerstone. Acts 4:10-12 holds the key: “Let it be known to all of you…Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead…This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Whatever our situation, whatever our circumstances, whatever our surroundings: “THIS IS the day that the Lord has made. LET US REJOICE and BE GLAD in it” ~ verse 24.

Jesus Christ, the cornerstone of our salvation.

Now, let’s cut off those swarms of bees in the name of the Lord!

Let’s push hard, relying on the Lord’s help!

Let’s rejoice and be glad in our salvation!