As the summer
comes to a close, there is a feeling of quiet loss and budding
anticipation. The slower, more languorous days
have slipped away until next
summer’s heat brushes the
earth. We are left with wistful memories, while at the
we can detect a feeling within of growing eagerness as we prepare
greet the energetic autumn air. Lest the quieter days of summer
pass without attention, or the feeling of budding potentiality
get lost in the busy-ness about to begin, it is good to take
some time to write in your journal about the tender
that summer left on your heart, and the creative scribblings
be etched on your soul as the days of September unfold.
Reflecting on Summer Past
did summer’s laziness teach me about:
· My world
What were the most important encounters I had this summer? How
was the face of God revealed to me in those encounters?
If I could change the movements of this summer, what alterations
would I make?
What surprises, unexpected occurrences, unwanted difficulties
did I experience this summer? Where was the grace of heaven most
present to me and most absent from me?
on Fall’s Unfolding
As I look toward the return of a fresh phase of school, work
and plans, what longings seem to be silently beating within me?
How would I like to make room for the Holy One in my life as
my day takes on a different rhythm?
What anxieties or worries seem to gnaw at my soul as I move
into the next month?
How will I open and nurture the call and touch of God this next
· In myself
· In my family
· In my workplace
· In my personal relationships