Summer is a great time to renew and relax with family and friends… Since summer is now in our midst and many plans are made and being made. A question that is often asked these days is what are your plans for the summer? Often we reply with our favorite place to chill and relax. However, our summers are a great time for fun and to recharge.
As important as it is to recharge our physical and emotional batteries we need to take time to recharge our “soul” or spiritual lives. As refreshing as a cool dip in a pool or a fresh glass of lemonade watching the young exciting Phillies play on a hot humid day! (Yes, they are fun to watch this year!) The words “soul quenching” came to mind. A time when the depths of our spiritual lives are recharged, renewed made fresh transformed by the warmth of God presence deep within us.
As I was reading David’s familiar words from Psalm 23: vs 2-3 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
When we are renewed and refreshed in God in our quiet times, worship, reading God’s word, something spiritual can happen within us that is life changing. In the 23rd Psalm that’s what King David experienced as he shared with us there and in the other Psalms simply the refreshment of being in the presence of God. See, it was there that David recognized God’s deep love and care for him.
David’s experience reminds me of something I read recently… “Once God’s love changes you, it overflows and impacts your family, your church, and your community.”(Revive page 7) In these days that we live I find that the love of Jesus is our hope and solution to our greatest problems, the Prince of Peace for a war-torn world. But he has chosen to work today through his people (1 Corinthians 12:27), to reveal himself as “the light of the world” (John 9:5) through us (Matthew 5:13). Oswald Chambers: “The one marvelous secret of a holy life lies not in imitating Jesus, but in letting the perfections of Jesus manifest themselves in my life daily. It is his patience, his love, his holiness, his faith, his purity, his godliness, that is manifested in and through every sanctified soul.” This has been my pray for our local church family and United Methodist Church as we face the future in allowing Christ love and light to shine.
How do we live out Jesus’ love today? “We all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).Behold the glory of the Lord today in worship, prayer, and intimate communion with your the Lord. Know that his Spirit will transform you into the image of his Son (Romans 8:29). You will then show the world Jesus’ compassion, mercy, and grace in yours.
Abraham Kuyper was a brilliant theologian who also served as prime minister of the Netherlands. He observed: “No service in itself is small / none great, though earth it fill / But that is small that seeks its own / And great that does God’s will.” What a wonderful thing it is to be spiritually renewed. May it be on all of our summer fun list this year!
Enjoy your summer… what a privilege it is to serve the Collingswood family and community!