Thursday, September 27, 2012
By Sister Laura Zelten
I was riding past a church recently and saw on its sign, "God does not take a vacation." I thought about what if God did take a vacation and how horrible it would be not to be in contact with God. When I think of what goes on in the world in a week, what if God was away in a remote location and not responding to the needs of the world? What would the world be like? My first feeling was I really don't want to know. My next thought was, do I take a vacation from God in the summer? Do I let my faith life slide into a more relaxed mode during the summer months? For example, am I inclined to skip attending church services, forgo helping those in need or less likely to be patient or forgiving with my family or friends as I could be?
Now think about how our lives change as we transition from the summer months to the winter months. One of the biggest indicators of the change in season is back-to-school preparations. You are probably feeling excited about the new school year and maybe a little sad that summer is over. But it is one thing for certain: A time for new beginnings. For many families it means returning to a routine after months of a more relaxed summer schedule. There are now set times for waking up, after-school activities, dinner, homework and bedtime.
There is a rich association with new beginnings and the start of a new school year. It can also be a time when we can start fresh with God. We can put in check our relationship with our Creator. During the fall season I can consider be more mindful of attending church services. I can consider a new outreach project with which to become involved. I can practice being more aware of the needs around me in my family and community. Remember, God does not take a vacation so maybe we can add God to our lives in a more intentional manner as we look forward to the new academic year.
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