Summer Time and Living Water
Summer Time and Living Water
Jun 05, 2018
Summer is just a calendar page away. As we wind down the school year, we also gear up for summer by scheduling events that seem to fill this season to overflowing! We try to pack in as much outdoor living as we can in a quest for rest and relaxation under the sun.And as we spill out of our schools and work places, many of us gravitate to water. Sand and surf, wind and waves, pools and popsicles. We lather up with sunscreen and gather along a shoreline. We set up chairs around the pool and dip our feet in. We turn on the sprinkler and bask in its refreshing spray. Water offers a place of respite. Water brings healing and rest. We love it, we need it, we crave it. What a heavenly gift water is! Water and summer go hand in hand.
But summer can also be a time of over scheduling. Perhaps we miss worship, devotions, or some important conversations with God as we run about, vacation around, and spend weekends away.
6 Ways to Stay Connected to Faith Through Summer
If you are looking to be near water for some relaxation, use this time also for reflection, worship, and prayer as you enjoy the outdoors.Keep the connection between water and devotions alive. Bring your Bible with you whenever you make your way to water this summer. Bring a lawn chair and find some shade! Here are just a few suggestions to stay connected in your faith during the busy months ahead:
1. Worship with us. At HCL, worshippers encounter vibrant music ranging from beloved hymns to the freshest, current Christian music; strong preaching rooted in God’s Word that applies to daily life and issues; and friendly fellowship that is alive, welcoming and genuine. Dive in to HCL’s summer sermon series, “Summer in the Psalms” and follow along as we look to the Psalms to make the ultimate summer playlist.
2. Take a deep dive into the Old Testament. Walk along the ancient path and read the stories of old. Let these words be a lighthouse to you.Meditate on the meaning of God’s foretelling promises and His fulfillment in sending Jesus so that you may find just the Scripture verses you need this very day.
3. Remember the baptismal promise. You are a child of God through the water and the Word. This is your Now Testament.Let His word fill you.Bathe in His love.Drink of His promises.Swim in His grace.Meditate on how God uses water in very powerful ways.Our sins are washed away, our cup overflows, and one day we will never thirst again. John 6:35: Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
4. Take a walk on the water. Matthew 14:29 says, “Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”What a tremendous experience!Trust that God will be with you wherever you go and that He is calling you to keep your eyes on Him.Reach out for Him in times of storm, praise Him in times of calm, ask Him to quiet your ocean and lead you beside the still waters.He will restore your soul.When Peter saw the wind and became afraid, he cried out, “Lord save me!”And Jesus did just that.
5. Pray before you picnic ~ a simple but powerful task.Give thanks for meals that He blesses you with, especially those you share with family and friends under blue summer skies.
6. Drink in His Word daily. Just like your earthly body needs to be hydrated frequently, your heart, soul, and mind constantly need the living water of God’s truth too.Let His will stream through your life by replenishing frequently with the promises from Scripture.Talk to God all day long.1 Thessalonians 5:7 says, “Pray without ceasing.” Not sure where to start? Listen to the latest Message or dive in to a Bible reading plan.
May your summer months be filled with God’s love, sunny skies, refreshing breezes, and plenty of calm waters.
"But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:14)
"Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." (John 7:38)
About the Author
Judy Lillquist has been teaching at Hales Corners Lutheran School for 19 years. She loves the Lord, her family and friends, her students, and HCLS.
When she is not reading, she is writing, or reading about writing.Her current passion is power walking with her husband and playing make-believe with her twin grandchildren.