The Light of Christ in Summertime

As the sun shines and the days grow longer, summertime brings a wonderful sense of joy, freedom, and opportunity. For many, it’s a season filled with vacations, outdoor activities, and quality time with loved ones. But amid the hustle and bustle, summer also provides a wonderful opportunity for spiritual growth and reflection.

Experiencing God’s Creation

One of the most beautiful aspects of summer is the chance to experience God’s creation in all its splendor. Whether you’re hiking in the mountains, swimming in the ocean, or simply enjoying a picnic in the park, take time to marvel at the beauty around you. Psalm 19:1″The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Use these moments to praise God for His incredible creation and to reflect on His majesty and creativity.

Rest and Renewal

Summer often provides a break from our usual routines. This can be a perfect time to rest and renew our spirits. Jesus Himself took time to withdraw and pray, setting an example for us. Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Take advantage of this season to spend extra time in prayer, seeking God’s presence and peace.

Strengthening Family Bonds

With children out of school and families taking vacations, summer is a great time to strengthen family relationships. Ephesians 6:1-4 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.  Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”  Godencourages us to nurture our relationships with our children and teach them in His way. Plan activities that not only bring joy but also create lasting memories and foster spiritual growth. Consider family devotionals, serving together in your community, or simply having meaningful conversations about faith and life.

Serving Others

Summer can also be a great time to reach out and serve others. Whether it’s volunteering at a local shelter, helping a neighbor with yard work, or participating in a mission trip. Serving others is a powerful way to live out our faith. Galatians 5:13 “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” By sharing our time and talents, we reflect Christ’s love and make a positive impact in our communities.

Deepening Our Faith

Use summer to dive deeper into God’s Word. Maybe there’s a book of the Bible you’ve been wanting to study or a Christian book that’s been on your reading list. Dedicate time to grow in your understanding of Scripture and to strengthen your relationship with God. Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Let His Word guide you and lighten your summer days.

As you embrace the joys and opportunities of summertime, remember to keep Christ at the center of it all. Celebrate His creation, seek His rest, strengthen your family bonds, serve others, and deepen your faith. Let this summer be a season of spiritual growth and renewal, filled with the light and love of Christ. May you find peace, joy, and inspiration in every moment, and may your heart be ever drawn closer to Him.

Kelsey Wilbern, New Member/Adult Class Coordinator

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