The other night on the cable 60s station I heard a song that I haven’t heard in a long time, “See You in September.” Of course, it got stuck in my head, especially as September is just around the corner. The summer has flown by and now we’re getting a feeling of Fall in the air. Children (including our granddaughter) are getting ready to go back to school. For the older kids, sports practices have already begun; volleyball for our granddaughter, Grace. The time of relaxation seems to be done and now it’s time to get back into the regular schedule.
As the author of Ecclesiastes writes, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). He then goes on to give us an exhaustive list of activities; from birth to death. We always feel like we will do such and such when we have time: after our baby is born, when the kids go to school, when I retire etc. But sometimes, we just have to take the moments here and there and use them.
I especially believe that we need to start making time for God: to listen to God, to hear what God is saying and to share what God is saying with others. We are all busy, but what if God told us he was too busy when we cried out to him for help?
Let us not make this harder than it has to be. Start small. Try 3 minutes a day to pray and listen. If that’s too much, try 1 or 2. Then when you get to the place where that time seems to fly by, increase it to 5 minutes. Then incorporate scripture reading, maybe using a short devotional to help us get started. Can we spare 3 minutes a day for God—if not, why not? Maybe we need to adjust our schedules—get up a few minutes earlier or turn off the TV sooner. Do you feel like you’re at a loss and need help in doing this? You’re not alone.
Join our adult study group on Sundays at 11. This year we will be doing short, 1
month studies. We will be using the “30-Day Journey Series.” The idea is to spend 30 days on a spiritual journey with various people of God who have gone before us such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and others. Here is a link to the material https://fortresspress.com/30-day-journey-series. We will begin on Sept. 8 in my office. Please check it out. For us as well as for children, September can be a time of new beginnings. May our new beginnings bring us deeper into God’s love and care. May we share with all our world the good things God has done for us personally and as the community of faith at St. Timothy Lutheran Church.