The weekly Glimpses of God are opportunities to recognize, with greater clarity,the presence of God in the various places, people, events, situations and circumstances of your daily life. I offer them to you as an opportunity to reflect on howmuch God, as you understand Him, is a part of your life,how He chooses to use you and how you have chosen Him.They are glimpses because we can miss them if we are not paying attention. But if we open our heart to His love, if we open our ears to hear His gentle voice, if we open our eyes to see His light, if we open our hands to feel His hand in ours, and if we are open to share these gifts with others, then we too are being a Glimpse of God to those in our family, church, community,neighborhood, society and world.
Glimpse of God for the week of May 31, 2020
WHAT IS SUMMER FOR?
What does summer mean and how can it change me?
Does anyone really know that unofficially summer is here, and officially it is quickly approaching? Summer usually begins with various graduation parties, cookouts, and celebrations. We try to get out to the pool or beach as soon as we are able so that we can enjoy the sun and the company of others. This summer, just as this spring was, will be different, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be a negative difference. Summer is a time to relax, settle into a different schedule, routine or location. Although we must remain socially distant and not gather with a large group of people, we can still appreciate the gift that summer is and the gifts that God gives us through the season of summer.
The following reflection probably has more meaning and significance than ever before. I believe that we need to look within and see God and how He is blessing, transforming and strengthening us through the pandemic and how we are choosing to live life despite the pandemic.
S – Self – Am I taking care of myself and finding the time to rest and relax
so as to replenish my body, mind, and spirit so that I can more fully enjoy
and be present in my relationships with God, family, and friends?
U – Undo – Can I allow Mary, the Un-doer of knots, to undo the stress knots that I have, and allow myself to rest in the presence of God? If I recognize that stress comes from how I handle situations, challenges, and circumstances in my life, can I change how I react so as to live a more whole and healthy life? Can I ask Mary, the recipient of many stressful triggers, to calm my fears, lessen my anxieties, and help me to draw nearer to her Son Jesus?
M –Memory - The season of summer often brings back memories of our youth
and the things that we did as a family on summer vacation.
If your memories are great and plentiful, continue to live them.
Try to do some of the same things with your family, or share them memories with those who surround you, so that they can come to appreciate your past
and the love that your family shared on summer vacation.
If your memories are painful, start your own new memories.
Create new traditions. Build memories for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, so that they can pass them on to their children.
Good heartfelt memories are incredibly special gifts from God especially created for us.
M – Measure – During these summer months, what do I measure?
Do I measure and count the moments, hours of my time spent with family and friends, or my time spent in prayer? Do I look at the time I spend in relaxation as a time of blessing or do I see it as wasting time? Do I look at and measure the time that I spend at work as a necessary evil or as using the gifts and talents that God has given me to glorify Him? If God had a measuring stick, and He asked you to mark where you thought His love for you was, where how would you mark it? Would it be in centimeters, inches, feet, or yards? Would it be on the low end because of shame, guilt, false humility, or the high end because you realize that His love is unconditional and unfailing?
He gave and continues to give His love freely and without measure, without cost, the cost was paid in full on the very cross that you behold. Do you believe this?
E – Embrace – During these hot summer months, are you open to embracing and being embraced? To allow oneself to be embraced, one must let down their guard
and open their hearts and arms to fully experience the love that comes from a genuine embrace. Being embraced sometimes involves forgiveness. Can you forgive? Can you ask for forgiveness? God wants to embrace you and tell you how much He loves you. He is waiting for you to let down your guard that is hiding the shame, guilt, fears that you might be holding on to. Can you open your heart and arms to God so that He can not only embrace you, but also touch and heal you?
Once you let down your guard and take the time to feel the love and embrace the mercy of God, you will also realize that God has had you in His loving embrace
since that moment He formed you in the womb. His embrace has been love that surrounds you, the peace that envelopes you and the joy that fills you, despite the challenges that confront you.
R – Refreshment – During these summer months, take the time to be refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated. This is the time to rejoice in the longer days filled with sunlight, the warmth of the sun as you relax under its rays, as you sit outside or even look out the window, the brisk cold feeling of the ocean waves as they hit you,
the calm of laying on a raft in your pool, and the ability to go on vacation
where you can enjoy the great gift of God’s creation and the blessings that surround it such as faith, family, friends, nature and the joy of having FUN !!!!
YOU CAN CHOOSE TO ENJOY YOUR SUMMER
MAKE A POSITIVE CHOICE DESPITE THE LIMITATIONS