Ah summertime, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy  Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high  Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’  So hush little baby, don’t you cry.” Or so the myth goes. For so many of us, summer is one of the busiest times of the year.

Perhaps it should remind us that the unofficial start of summertime is Memorial Day, “a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered.” And its unofficial end is Labor Day which “honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country.” So summertime is bookended by those who sacrificed their lives and those who worked and sweated hard. Therefore, we shouldn’t expect it to always be “easy.”

I don’t know of an English translation of the Bible that uses the term “vacation.” There is rest and quiet time but those mentions would be closer to a spiritual retreat than a modern vacation. God’s Word doesn’t take a vacation for it keeps confronting us with the Law and comforts us with the Gospel. Yes, please take some needed time for a rest, but make sure spiritual refreshment is included.

See you in Divine Service,