“Make hay while the sun shines.” That has been the motto this summer at our household. Being new to our town, we are discovering all sorts of fun things – places to go, foods to try, even a community pool to enjoy. I suppose coming from a climate that has long, sometimes tough winters, summer in a new place has felt like an open invitation to enjoy all the goodness around us for as long as we can (even though we have heard that winters are not so bad here).
In some ways, living by that old proverb has been a ton of fun. For those of you who know me, I can be a creature of habit – Mondays are laundry day, Fridays are pizza night, etc. Plus, we have young children who can be quite cranky if they do not get enough sleep or who can be quite rowdy if they do not get proper nutrition (e.g. too much ice cream from the awesome homemade ice cream joint within walking distance means sugar-crazed bedtime routines). But despite my penchant for order and predictability, I am trying to embrace the “Make hay while the sun shines” mantra because we having a lot of fun.
That proverb is embraced at church over the summer too. In the ebb and flow of church life, the program year (September through May) is the busy time of year – more programs, more activities, and more meetings. In the summer, people travel, kids are off on adventures, and some of us are “making hay.” Based on that shift, one might imagine that all is quiet at church during the summer. In fact, we too are busy “making hay.” The program year is being planned, calendars are coming together, and groups are meeting to strategize for needs in the fall.
I am grateful for time set apart for hay making. Parishioners at Hickory Neck are working hard so that when things kickoff in the fall, all runs smoothly. I am grateful for the time that people are committing to the church, the creativity they are contributing, and the joy and laughter with which we do it all. Thank you to all those contributing behind the scenes! I am happy to be making hay with you this summer!!