If you have been away on holiday over the past few weeks, I hope you had an enjoyable time. If you’ve been holidaying in the UK, I certainly hope you have been able to make the best of our somewhat strange August weather!
In our family, though we all enjoy a good dose of sunshine and warmth, we have always taken the view that the unpredictability of our island weather will never spoil our holiday.
For me, especially, a change of scenery, the ability to lay responsibilities aside for a few days and perhaps take the opportunity to explore somewhere new, or even to walk along a windswept beach by a lively sea shore; these are some of the holiday gifts which refresh and rejuvenate me.
Such things are important for all of us, perhaps especially in the times in which we live.
We inhabit a 24/7 world where we don’t get the natural sabbatical time which our forebears often took for granted. Time to pause for breath, gather our thoughts, re-evaluate our priorities and reflect on the purpose of our lives; time for God; time to just enjoy being human again, and to remember that this life is God’s gift to us: these are the things which get squeezed out of our lives in the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Let’s remember that our holidays derive mostly from the ancient feast days and Holy Days of the Church, that days off should not be filled with frenetic activity from morning to night, and that spending time with God in the depths of our being can be the most inspiring of pastimes.
So I hope you enjoyed and were refreshed by your summer days. Perhaps this is a good time to decide to make that space for yourself and your Creator much more regularly in the weeks and months ahead. After all, it’s nearly Christmas!