Sunday Praise

This ‘n’ That

As much as I despise the sweltering heat and thick, penetrable humidity of summer, I find myself growing a wee bit sorrowful that July is more than half over.

I can’t really place my finger on why, at least not this year. Perhaps it’s the oddity of life right now. No trips, no summer art fairs, no church, no gatherings. Why does it matter that one month is ending and another will soon begin?

But then, in spite of the limitations imposed by 2020, the true joys of life have not disappeared. Friends are still friends and can still talk, laugh, and cry together. Families are still families and can still create memories with one another. Nature is still nature and offers a beauty that stores and resorts and carnivals can never duplicate.

I suppose, then, that a bit of my sadness is because I can already see the visible signs of summer ending. Sure, it’s 90 degrees outside (and feels like 99), but the Shasta daisies are wilting, the mums are enlarging and, while I love the blooms they promise to offer, it nevertheless means that fall is on its way.

In my area of the country, summer truly offers the greatest natural beauty. Fall may be colorful, and spring brings with it promises of brighter sun, but winter often offers little more than dampness and cold. Still, I don’t know that I’d want it any other way, because it makes me treasure the brief summer months even more. What an amazing Creator we serve! Truly the seasons and their unique characteristics each point to Him in a way that the others cannot. What a truth worthy of praise!

Well, while I go outside to deadhead those aforementioned daisies, why don’t you pause for a moment to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • I’m sure someone somewhere will read this and cry, “Feminism!” but I think it’s great.
  • I feel like what this world needs right now is more emojis.
  • Gee, I don’t know what the big deal is. It’s all a hoax anyway. (That was sarcasm, by the way.)
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • On manhood, womanhood, and misogyny…in 12th century Europe.
  • Early Christianity was mocked for welcoming women.
  • And yet here we are today, diminishing the theological contributions of women.
  • Eric Schumacher warns against lazy book reviews, both writing them and reading/acting on them.

He that has doctrinal knowledge and speculation only, without affection, never is engaged in the business of religion.

Jonathan Edwards
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