High Days of Summer. Vacations. Road trip journeys and Triple AAA travel advisories. . . even for those “staycationing” in the city.
This is the season of Pentecost when the Spirit moves in us to set sail into the world on pilgrimage and the journey of a day, every and any day, that takes us with God ~ out ~ into it.
Every day, keenly aware of the physical location of my feet, my body, attentive to my thoughts and imaginations, and the presence of God in all the details of a day’s journey.
It’s the art of the hike, in the course of any day: whether to go this way or that, and what difference does it make, because we make our way with God? One foot in front of the other. Vistas, the effect of temperatures and weather, physical needs like hunger and thirst, re-routing and exposure to the elements. A summer journey and being fully present to it.
We can engage in a Summertime practice of Sabbath Rest,
(which we all want from a summer vacation, right?!)
that is just the simplest thing:
the getting up each morning, as a resurrection moment, of saying “yes” to new life.
These can be summertime moments, even if we’re not enjoying an exotic trip, just the simple practice of waking to light and life and saying ‘yes’ to it. "Yes", to the morning light that turns trees lime green. Just the moments, of sabbath awareness of being made fresh and new, and the journey worth it, because of rest.
And the lying down each night, as a practice of holy death. Lying down, peaceful and comforted by knowing that my existence is suspended in the power and love of God.
Each night, at days end, to rest in God; our perfect freedom.
To be that simple, that immediate, as a practice of journey, for spiritual formation when high summer takes to the wind in our sails.
Each day’s journey is a life lived in a day. It’s what forms us spiritually, it is where we live with God, it is where we find God.
In this day, and every day, with you,
Journeying with the Holy One,
Reverend Ruth Pattison
Rev. Pattison serves the people of Highpoint Episcopal Community Church as the Parson, exercising her gifts for collaborative leadership through preaching, liturgy, and the pastoral arts.