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The Gift of Summer

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“Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing.”

Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

You made summer… and gave it to the earth.

Psalm 74:17

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald 

 

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

Henry James


The blossoms appear in the countryside. The time of singing has come, and the turtledove’s cooing is heard in our land.

Song of Solomon 2:12

 

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...”

Susan Polis Schutz

“Whenever the sun is shining, I feel obligated to play outside!”

Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 1: 1950-52 

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“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”

Jeannette Walls

 

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

John Lubbock

“Summer's lease hath all too short a date.”

William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets 

Please do enjoy these fleeting summer days, dear readers! We plan to do a little dancing in in the sun ourselves... we'll be back after a much needed rest in July!

Summer blessings on you all 

LuAnn, Jo and Julie

 

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    Julie

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    I am passionate about people leaning into all that Jesus is. You. Me. Us. Journeying together with God. This is my greatest blessing. And now that my kiddos are out on their own, I’m learning to navigate my new normal. And I am finding there is life after little ones and teens after all!
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    I am currently finishing my degree in relational communications and plan to graduate in the spring of 2020!! I am thankful I have had time to grow, heal, appreciate a slower pace of living, and to invest more time into relationships with family, friends, and God. Through this process I am learning what I want to prioritize in my life and figuring out ways to make that happen. Most of all, I am figuring out that life is all about process, taking steps closer to where I want to be and celebrating the little victories but also accepting that there will be setbacks and disappointments along the way.
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    Sally Cranham is a singer and writer from the UK. She uses biblical narrative and her own experience to write deeply into the heart of the human condition. She currently works as a volunteer for SourceMN as their Arts Outreach Coordinator and has lived as a Residential Volunteer at Source’s anti-trafficking transitional annex alongside women who have come out of the life of prostitution.
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